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HEVC and Broadcast Content

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a new video compression format that effectively doubles the data compression rate compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC at the same level of video quality.
HEVC will be used first in applications where bandwidth is a problem today, where the client device can easily be updated to support HEVC, either because it is a device that users replace frequently, such as smartphones, or because it is flexible to support HEVC. Contribution applications will come later, and require more robust complex implementations of the standard than what can be offered by compression vendors at this time.HEVC has been found to be a very efficient codec for all content types including interlaced content; if you think otherwise, this paper will help you understand where the misconception that HEVC is only for progressive was initiated.

ATEME is widely known for its pioneering commitment to standards and two decades of continued research investment. Its homegrown algorithms are the pride of the company and include MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 and HEVC/H.265 codecs. Today, ATEME products offer HEVC with interlaced coding performance and the company is poised to facilitate the ever-increasing demand as the codec is developed for use along the entire content delivery chain.Our research team has worked in collaboration with major broadcasters around the world to enhance and develop compression solutions dedicated to broadcast content. This paper will present our findings related on the various methods devised to leverage the coding efficiency benefits of HEVC/H.265 in ‘traditional’ television applications.

Pierre Larbier, Chief Technology OfficerAuthor: Pierre Larbier
Chief Technical Officer, ATEME
December 2013



Pierre Larbier is ATEME’s Chief Technology Officer and a renowned expert in the field of algorithmic design and MPEG video compression, with multiple related patents both pending and awarded. He has specifically dealt with video encoder architecture and designs for a wide range of platforms and applications: From low-power single DSP to ultra-high performance FPGA and multi-core software.

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HEVC, the key to delivering an enhanced television viewing experience “Beyond HD”

This paper was presented at the 2013 SMPTE Technical conference in Hollywood, on October the 21st to 24th by Sophie Percheron, Marketing Product Manager and Jérôme Vieron (PhD), Advanced Research Manager.

Broadcasters and operators objectives remain the same over time: reduce transport costs, reach more customers, and improve the TV viewing experience. Ten years after the beginning of the SD to HD transition, history is about to be repeated once again. With the 50% bitrate savings promised by the new HEVC (High Efficiency Video Coding) standard, these compression gains will not only reduce the bandwidth but also allow us all to more importantly improve the viewing experience, conveying more information and emotional impact though higher spatial and temporal resolution.
1080p60 transmission has already been demonstrated to be a better user experience than 1080i30, inspiring market leaders to commence the transition towards producing 1080p60 channels. However the required bandwidth still remains the bottleneck to complete and efficient end-to-end deployment.
This paper will demonstrate why HEVC will be the key to unlock the “progressive only” broadcast chain deployment; and why it will not lead to forcing a premature end of life to interlaced television. Finally we will discuss future (premium) services brought about by the “beyond HD” viewing experience: live events, sports, concerts, and other newly immersive experiences offered by UHDTV.


Authors:
Sophie Percheron, Marketing Product Manager
Jérôme Vieron (PhD), Advanced Research Manager


Sophie PERCHERON is Product Marketing Manager for Live Distribution at ATEME since October 2012. Sophie is responsible to build the most comprehensive solutions to deliver linear channels over Cable, IPTV, Satellite, Terrestrial as well as Over-The-Top networks, enhancing TV experience with added value services. In her role, Sophie drives the Live Distribution solution growth and related product roadmap definition to address today’s and tomorrow’s challenges in the Broadcast & Broadband Live distribution markets.

Jérôme VIERON joined ATEME in 2011, as advanced research manager. Viéron is in charge of French and European collaborative R&D projects and works on new generation video coding technologies. He is an active contributor to the standardization process of high efficiency video coding (HEVC). Jérôme is implied in the 4EVER (for Enhanced Video ExpeRience) consortium which aims at researching, developing and promoting an enhanced Television Experience, using HEVC and ultra-HD.

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Using AVC/H.264 and H.265 expertise to boost MPEG-2 efficiency and make the 6-in-6 concept a reality

This paper was prepared for the Society of Cable Telecommunications Engineers, and presented at the Cable-Tec Expo 2013 on October the 21st to 24th by Anaïs PAINCHAULT, Field Application Engineer.

This presentation focuses on the future of the already 20 year old MPEG-2 video compression format. Since then, two new formats have evolved (MPEG-4 at the end of the nineties and HEVC/H.265 in 2013). These latest formats have fostered the development of new services among them High Definition (HD) widely used today. Nevertheless, there are still millions of devices using MPEG-2 that cannot migrate to the newest standard. For these devices, learning from MPEG-4 and HEVC/H.265 developments can help improve some of the features of MPEG-2 such as a higher number of video channels and HD capability.


Author :
Anaïs PAINCHAULT
Field Application Engineer

Anaïs has a Master degree in Telecommunication engineering from Telecom ParisTech, one of the most recognized engineering schools in Europe. Anaïs has been working for ATEME for three years as a Field Application Engineer with experience in both European and American markets, deploying video systems and solutions as well as technical accounts management for major companies in the industry. In 2012, Anaïs won the "Outstanding Performance" award from ATEME as recognition for her results and achievements and the overall impact in the company worldwide.

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Sending Ads / Offline Content To Affiliate Stations Using Primary Distribution Feeds

This paper was presented at the 2013 SMPTE Technical conference in Hollywood, on October the 21st to 24th by Gustavo Marra, Director of Applications Engineering Americas.

The model of primary distribution for broadcasters (main station to affiliates) typically revolves around dedicated video links. These links use a very high bitrate, to preserve the video quality before final distribution, representing high costs, be it over satellite, fiber or IP.
This paper shows how the standards-based technology called Piecewise CBR allows sharing this link without interruption to the main video signal at times when a bandwidth reduction is tolerable for the distribution of commercials and other contents, thus avoiding extra costs for this occasional use.
Being an interoperable and video compression related technology, this solution allows the use of traditional video distribution infrastructure in TV stations.
This technology enables a bit rate reduction of the primary distribution signal to include other feeds in parallel maintaining the total rate and the restoration of the original configuration after a certain period of time without perturbations to the main video feed (hitless).

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Gustavo Marra

Author:
Gustavo Marra
Director of Applications Engineering Americas

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Video Pre-processing for mobile and OTT delivery

The Broadcast & Broadband Industry is embracing various “content everywhere” initiatives. This is a reality for Content Owners who bypass the Operators and launch Over-The-Top (OTT) services. Thus, within a web portal or App, they can offer their content directly to the end consumer and maximize the value of their “goods.” The goal is to address as many devices as possible to reach the broadest audience.

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Author:
Jérôme Vieron,
Advanced Research Manager

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An introduction to UHDTV and HEVC

We are yet again at a precipice in technology with the introduction of HEVC and 4K. This is the new standard of video quality that will boast resolutions far beyond HD and catapult television into what we will all come to visualize as Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV.

Will this be another iteration of 3D? Or will this parallel the impact HD had on SD in Markets ranging from broadcast, to cable, to mobile devices and cellular phones. Broadcasters and content/service providers are in a heated race to answer this question. The major challenge/hurdle that everyone is tripping over is the bandwidth that will be required to deliver such media. To make any kind of hypothesis as to how this will pan out, we’ll need to dig deeper into what HEVC and 4K actually are. Let’s begin by first understanding the differences between HEVC and 4K. While some may use them interchangeably, they are different and should not be confused.

Gregory Cox, ATEME Senior Application Engineer {JPEG}
Author:
Gregory Cox,
Senior Application Engineer, ATEME

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Is HEVC Ready for Prime Time ?

In this article, we will take a closer look at how this technological demonstration
came to life and answer key questions about this momentous accomplishment, including:
• What were the required elements to build a live end-toend HEVC delivery chain?
• What HEVC milestones were reached during the French Tennis Open 2013 demonstration?
• What challenges and complexity did this sporting event bring and how were they met?
• What are the benefits provided by HEVC encoding?
• Is HEVC the right compression technology to provide “HDTV everywhere,” particularly on small screens?
• What’s next?

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Author:
Sophie Percheron,
Product marketing manager for live distribution

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Using Seamless Channel Insertion™ to manage multi-program contribution networks

Television broadcasting changes very fast and is being shaped by new usages and services. Programs offers and live events access continue to grow significantly. Every day, news and sports contribution feed providers face the challenge of juggling with the number of programs they must deliver and the available bandwidth. As the number of programs is not constant, broadcasters and service providers need to continually optimize the use of their bandwidth on their transport multiplexes. Today, this process is primarily done by a manual intervention with limited scalability.
The MPEG standards offer an alternative way of managing bandwidth constraints dynamically named Piecewise CBR, which can be used to address this challenge and make the operational workflow as efficient as possible. SCI, relying on Piecewise CBR rate control mode, allows a dynamic and seamless change of the Video Elementary Stream bitrate. Operators in a truck or in a facility can use it to adapt and optimize the bandwidth allocated to each signal with no interruption of service. SCI provides flexibility and opens automation possibilities in complex contribution networks.

Nicolas Moreau, ATEME Senior Product Marketing Manager-Contribution
Author:
Nicolas Moreau,
ATEME Senior Product Marketing Manager-Contribution

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4KTV Capture: an early experience sharing

As the French public broadcaster, editor of 13 channels, 4 of which HD, francetélévisions studies 4KTV broadcasting scenarios for its premium programs. Enhancing the sense of realness, the viewing comfort and creating an immersive experience, such is the quest of any incumbent broadcaster looking to embrace the future of television.

Authors:
Jérôme Viéron (PhD), Advanced Research Manager at ATEME Matthieu Parmentier, R&D Project Manager at France Télévisions

Jérôme Vieron (PhD), Advanced Research Manager
Matthieu Parmentier, Project Manager R&D

SMPTE 2012

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4k Delivery to the Home

The broadcast industry is completing the transition from standard definition to high definition all around the world. But demand for an even enhanced end-user experience with high fidelity content especially for premium events like sports is rising. “High fidelity” means that the remote viewing experience is as close as possible to watching the event on-site, which covers visual experience as well as audio/sound fidelity. Quad Full High Definition or 4k2k could be the answer, as cameras and TV sets start to be commercially available. But there is still a large uncertainty in other parts of the broadcast chain that include video compression and delivery.

Pierre Larbier - CTO at ATEME
Author: Pierre Larbier

ATEME CTO

IBC 2012

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HEVC and Broadcast Content

High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) is a new video compression format that effectively doubles the data compression rate compared to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC at the same level of video quality.
HEVC will be used first in applications where bandwidth is a problem today, where the client device can easily be updated to support HEVC, either because it is a device that users replace frequently, such as smartphones, or because it is flexible to support HEVC. Contribution applications will come later, and require more robust complex implementations of the standard than what can be offered by compression vendors at this time.HEVC has been found to be a very efficient codec for all content types including interlaced content; if you think otherwise, this paper will help you understand where the misconception that HEVC is only for progressive was initiated.