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AWS adds HEVC to MediaLive for SD, HD and UHD encoding

Also showcasing new Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate encoding

AWS has announced it now supports high-efficiency video coding (HEVC/H.265) with high dynamic range (HDR) at up to UHD resolutions and will soon support statistical multiplexing in the Cloud as well

At a press conference at IBC, AWS Elemental’s general manager Alex Dunlap revealed the launch of HEVC for SD, HD, UHD encoding with HDR on MediaLive.

“Users are able to adopt a new technology with none of the capital spend or configuration or architecture setup that you needed in the past,” he told the audience.

MediaLive users can also use statistical multiplexing to move traditional, ground-based video playout and encoding workloads to the cloud with AWS. The statistical multiplexing allows users to preserve quality while delivering more channels over traditional distribution systems, reducing video delivery costs.

Dunlap also revealed AWS is already demonstrating AV1 at its stand at IBC, as well as its new Quality-Defined Variable Bitrate encoding. “We very deliberately want to get ahead of device support,” Dunlap said.