Lawo has updated .edge, the company’s IP video infrastructure platform, to include intoPIX’s TICO-XS codec to encode and decode JPEG XS-compressed streams.
Support for the lossless JPEG XS compression technology in HD, 3G and UHD video-format resolutions will allow users of Lawo’s .edge Hyper-Density SDI/IP Conversion and Routing Platform to encode, process and decode compressed SMPTE ST 2110-22 IP streams, said the company.
It added that the aim is to provide broadcasters with the ability to leverage compressed streams as and when required in order to accelerate high-quality distributed content creation.
JPEG XS support for .edge is a licensable option that relies on Lawo’s edge-computing and software-licensable infrastructure strategy, added Lawo.
“intoPIX’s JPEG XS content production codec is a lightweight image coding system that processes video at the microsecond level,” said Katty Van Mele, director business development at intoPIX. “Real-world testing confirms that compression ratios in the range of 4:1 to 12:1 can deliver lossless video quality while considerably reducing bandwidth consumption.”
“For Lawo, support of JPEG XS has become essential to give operators the flexibility to maximize their bandwidth usage,” added Phil Myers, chief technology officer at Lawo. “Increasingly, IP signals travel from one remote location to two or more destinations—and sometimes even back. This would require 100GbE or higher fibre-optic bandwidths for uncompressed signals, which comes at an increased bandwidth cost.
“With the .jpegxs option, Lawo’s .edge Hyper-Density SDI/IP Conversion and Routing Platform natively supports JPEG XS input and output right next to the source or destination. JPEG XS-compressed streams can be processed by our HOME Apps as they have JPEG XS native support built into their DNA.”