The new H.266 / VVC codec is now official: it says to reduce the size of videos to half of what they now occupy in H.265 / HEVC.

In 2013, the German Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz institute introduced for the first time the H.265 codec also known as HEVC. It didn’t become very popular until Apple started using it by default in iOS in 2017, which drastically reduced the size of video files. Now, seven years after H.265, H.266 is coming. And they announce that will further reduce the size of videos without losing quality, by half.

New H.266 Codec (also known as General Purpose Video Coding or VVC) It has just been introduced by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute and they are about to offer the first encoders and decoders for this new version. A version developed with 4K and 8K videos in mind, because this is where you will get the most of its benefits.

What changes in H.266 / VVC

H.266 proposes the idea of provide more features when consuming video diffusion. This also includes videos on YouTube or social media, except the classics Netflix, HBO, Disney + and others. Considering the huge consumption that we have and which is increasing, they have developed a codec which reduces the consumed resources. There are mainly four changes that we will find:

The new H.266 / VVC codec is now official: it says to reduce the size of videos to half of what they now occupy in H.265 / HEVC
  • Size reduction files in two: They promise that the same video encoded in H.265 and H.266 occupies only 50% of the size in a second.
  • Support several resolutions: H.265 did not allow any kind of resolution, in H.266 there is support for HD, 4K and 8K.
  • Support HDR 10 bits.
  • More versatility: Will allow you to adaptively scale or change the resolution.

In addition to these changes, it should be mentioned that this time they have the support of major technologies to adapt the new codec and thus popularize it on their platforms. Among the large companies that will support H.266, they mention Apple, Ericsson, Intel, Huawei, Microsoft, Qualcomm et Sony. We will see what is its adaptation, because it is a codec that must be licensed and it is not open source as is the case with AV1 (used by Google or Netflix for example) for example. This is exactly what happened with H.265 a few years ago.

The software to encode and decode the new H.266 codec will arrive in the fall of this year And we’ll probably also start looking at hardware that natively supports it shortly.

The new H.266 / VVC codec is now official: it says to reduce the size of videos to half of what they now occupy in H.265 / HEVC

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Source : Engadget

The new H.266 / VVC codec is now official: it says to reduce the size of videos to half of what they now occupy in H.265 / HEVC