Advances in multimedia have changed our world, revolutionizing entertainment, connecting friends and families around the globe, enriching our communications experiences and enabling major improvements in medical care and education.
The latest issue of the ITU Journal analyzes the state of the art in multimedia and innovations appearing on the horizon.
Papers address the latest developments in video and image coding and resulting prospects for new media experiences. They highlight immersive media experiences entering education, sports and entertainment. They look at the growing influence of machine learning on multimedia coding. And they highlight the route towards accessible immersive media to ensure that people with disabilities can share in experiences such as Virtual Reality.
Video now accounts for around 80 per cent of all Internet traffic.
The majority of this video is coded using international standards developed in collaboration by the world’s three leading standards bodies, ITU, ISO and IEC.
This work has been honoured with two Primetime Emmy Awards, recognizing ITU H.264 | MPEG-4 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ and ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC, published as ITU H.265 | ISO/IEC 23008-2).
This latest issue of the ITU Journal draws on the expertise of the community responsible for this strong tradition of standardization work, a tradition that has always featured key contributions from academia.
It shares insight into standards such as ‘Low Complexity Enhancement Video Coding’, ‘Essential Video Coding’, ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’, and the new ‘Versatile Video Coding’ standard to enable next-generation video compression with unprecedented application versatility.
It highlights the latest developments in JPEG towards plenoptic image coding but it also tells the story behind the first JPEG standard, another Emmy-winning success story that played a formative role in establishing the user-centric approach to multimedia standardization that endures today.
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