Haivision Previews HEVC encoding, MPEG-DASH, Hybrid Encoding

Haivision (Booth SL6605) is featuring advanced-technology initiatives as part of its HaiGear Labs demonstrations. These new developments address the latest video-compression and -delivery standards, introducing a progressive application of hardware and software optimization to address tomorrow’s IP-video challenges.

Haivision is demonstrating end-to-end live streaming of HEVC (high-efficiency video coding), including both software-based encoding and decoding implementations of the next-generation HEVC (H.265) codec. The bandwidth efficiency associated with the adoption of HEVC promises to greatly expand delivery of high-quality, high-resolution video over bandwidth-constrained networks.

Haivision, a member of the DASH Industry Forum, is also featuring MPEG-DASH (Dynamic Adaptive Streaming over HTTP) in an end-to-end live-streaming environment. The preview highlights the standard’s adaptive-bitrate (ABR) design by sending a cascade of five live HD 720p streams at various bitrates. MPEG-DASH simplifies and converges an HTTP segmented format for the delivery of IP video to help drive down costs and enable better content to be offered to IP-video audiences. Ultimately, MPEG-DASH will help streamline and simplify workflows.

Haivision is also introducing its Hybrid Encoding technology, a blended approach to CPU and GPU utilization for the encoding or transcoding processes. With Hybrid Encoding, a single software-based platform can get combined density gains of GPU acceleration while maintaining the quality gains of pure software on CPU. Haivision’s initial approach is to take advantage of the latest Intel CPU technology, which incorporates GPUs directly as cores within the chip.

All three developments are being demonstrated on Haivision’s KulaByte software-based encoding/transcoding platform. The initial requirements for these developments, specifically MPEG-DASH and HEVC, will be in Internet media distribution. Ultimately, all the developments will be leveraged across all of Haivision’s solutions.

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