The Next Evolution of Video Compression

Knowledge Drop Video Detailing H.265

In this Knowledge Drop video, Matt Powers, Vice President of Global Technology Marketing at Anixter, discusses the next evolution in video compression with H.265.

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H.265 - The Next Evolution in Video Compression Transcript

I’m Matt Powers, Vice President of Global Technology Marketing at Anixter.

I’d like to discuss with you the next evolution in video compression, High Efficiency Video Coding or H.265, which is intended to be the next video compression evolution after Advanced Video Coding or H.264.

It’s a known fact that streaming video is by far one of the most disruptive forms of data on a network and in most cases is mission-critical data that is intolerant to network latency, jitter and other factors that can affect network transmission. With this in mind, IT and physical security managers are very involved in the design and development of networks that will support streaming video applications.

Over the years, H.264 has become the dominate compression standard embraced by the video surveillance industry. Today, H.264 accounts for over 80 percent of all network video. H.264 has succeeded in allowing streaming video to be effectively managed on the local area network. As a result of H.264, we have see resolutions increase to where the norm is now 720p and 1080p and just a few years ago VGA resolution was the resolution of choice. H.264 was also a major catalyst in shifting the marketing to IP cameras with the savings it offered in storage and bandwidth alone.

However, we still face many challenges within the video surveillance industry as the resolution continues to increase with high resolution mega pixel cameras, panoramic cameras and recently released 4K cameras. We are also still faced with the challenge of remote viewing video over a wide area networks and streaming video efficiently to mobile devices. Another emerging trend that could benefit from H.265 is hosted video applications.

With any new technology, there are also growing pains in marketing adoption. For example, the manufacturers of video management and recording platforms will need to make significant investments to interface with H.265 IP cameras. Another challenge is the processing requirements of H.265 will require the purchase of a new IP cameras, as existing cameras will not be firmware upgradable.

IP camera manufacturers supporting H.265 have just begun releasing products, with some stating they have a 40 percent or more bit rate reduction at the same visual quality as H.264. For now, the jury is still out on the overall affect H.265 will have on the video surveillance industry, but as we move through 2014 and into 2015, H.265 will definitely be a major topic of conversation.

For more information, contact your local Anixter sales rep.