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Q&A: Philippe Wetzel, CEO, Vitec

Has IBC come at a good time for the electronic media industry? Why?

IBC chimes in at a turning point this year, as everyone across the industry looks to adopt portable High-Efficiency Video Encoding (HEVC). We’re seeing a huge uptake in the compression standard as vendors begin equipping their solutions with this game-changing technology. Users are already experiencing data efficiencies of 40% with greater savings to come as 4K breaks through the market.

What do you think are the key developments in, or threats to, your market sector at the current time?

The demand continues to increase for solutions that can meet anywhere, anytime live broadcasting. In-the-field solutions also face the challenge of shedding large servers traditionally needed for processing video. With portable HEVC encoding, we’re creating technology that’s no longer bound by big server rooms or inefficient delivery methods.

Why should delegates visit your stand at IBC?

At IBC2015, Vitec is demonstrating the all-new MGW Ace — the industry’s first 100% hardware-based HEVC portable device for encoding and streaming video. Supporting HEVC, the unit brings bandwidth-efficient compression to any off-premises streaming application while eliminating server requirements. Also new for IBC is the MGW
D265 Portable H.265 and H.264 IP decoder for IPTV and full-motion-video applications.