New MPEG video codec gets final approval

March 23, 2003

The Joint Video Team (JVT ) - a joint group of MPEG and ITU-T VCEG (Video Coding Experts Group)- has completed work on AVC/H.264, a much-anticipated new video codec standard.

This new codec will provide a considerable improvement in compression performance for general video coding applications and is expected to dramatically influence applications such as digital standard and HD television, DVD and digital video recorders, Internet streaming video and video communications.

At a final meeting last week in Pattaya, Thailand, Dr. Leonardo Chiariglione, convener of the MPEG committee asked the MPEG and JVT delegates assembled at the closing plenary for their approval of the standard. It received unanimous approval. The standard is expected to receive ITU-T Consent on March 28th and final ISO approval shortly thereafter. The status of International Standard will then have been achieved. For reference, the standard will be known as ITU-T Rec. H.264 and ISO/IEC 14496-10 "Advanced Video Coding."

For more information visit http://mpeg.telecomitalialab.com/.

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