Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Open Source Scalable Video Coding (SVC) Software

After DVB and ATSC announced to consider Scalable Video Coding (SVC) within their standards, I thought it would be interesting to blog about SVC software that is publicly available, especially because SVC has found its way already into video conferencing products (e.g., Vidyo, RADVISION, GIPS, SPIRIT DSP). Currently, I'm aware of the following open source SVC software:
  • SVC Reference Software (JSVM software) which focuses on functionality rather than performance. Most of the people use this for research purposes as the reference codec.
  • The P2P-Next consortium provides its SVC software (encoder/decoder) as open source under LGPL which comprises an optimized version of the JSVM for both encoding and decoding.
  • The Open SVC Decoder has been released recently - also under LGPL - and provides an alternative to the above mentioned implementations. Interestingly, it provides an integration for the Core Pocket Media Player (TCPMP) and Mplayer. Further information can be found on their Wiki.
In case you think I missed anything, don't hesitate to comment...
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