Thomson Video Networks’ ViBE VS7000 encoding/transcoding platform and its Audio/Video (A/V) Codec analyser have been enhanced to support the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) compression standard.
The ViBE VS7000 is one of the first worldwide implementations of HEVC. The upgrade is designed to help operators deliver a wider range of convergent TV services including WebTV and OTT, as well as traditional IPTV and cable. Thomson’s A/V Codec analyser will also be the first available test and measurement tool to offer analysis of HEVC-encoded video and its associated audio streams, as well as MPEG-2 and H.264 video formats.
The VS7000 supports all major streams, including Adobe Flash, Apple HTTP Live Streaming, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH. Also, the VS7000 also adds statistical encoding, WebTV subtitles, and MPEG-DASH content protection (MPEG-CENC) as well as support for progressive and interlaced video up to 1920×1080, multiple output formats per channel, automatic loudness control (EBU R128), and content protection support for Apple HTTP Live Streaming and Microsoft Smooth Streaming.
A/V Codec analyser can analyse compressed digital video in MPEG-2, H.264, VC-1, and HEVC formats and compressed digital audio in MPEG, AAC, AC-3, and E-AC-3, as well as data including DVB subtitles, EBU Teledex, closed captions, or SCTE 35 cue tone for digital programme insertion.
The new ViBE VS7000 is shipping now. The upgraded A/V Codec analyser will be available at the end of September as part of the Thomson VTS500 video test system or as standalone software.
“With HEVC support, we are clearing a path for our customers to deliver the most advanced HD and Ultra HD video offerings on any type of device and over any type of network,” said Thomson’s vice president of marketing, Eric Gallier. “The newest VS7000 dramatically increases the options available to operators. And the HEVC-enabled A/V Codec analyser is the perfect tool to accelerate product innovation for DTV developers, systems integrators, and network operators as they develop next-generation video networks.”
At IBC 2013, Thomson will demo HEVC via MPEG-DASH using VisualOn’s OnStream MediaPlayer+ running HEVC decoding on Nexus tablets.