Barco Silex releases new patent-free and lightweight VC-2 LD video codec at IBC 2015

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium -- At IBC 2015 Show in Amsterdam, Barco Silex, the leading provider of video compression IP cores for ASIC and FPGA, announced that the new VC-2 Low Delay codec is now available for licensing to broadcast equipment manufacturers.

The VC-2 Low Delay codec is a patent-free lightweight compression codec ideally suited to encode high-definition video content. VC-2 LD has ultra-low latency and compresses video streams by a compression ratio of 4 times visually lossless.

Originally developed by the BBC Research as Dirac Pro and later standardized as SMPTE 2042, the VC-2 LD codec is patent-free which will facilitate market adoption and interoperability. The SMPTE ST-2047 standard already defines the carriage of high resolution video (up to 1080p60) over HD-SDI using VC-2 LD as a mezzanine compression algorithm. The RTP mapping of the codec is also currently being standardized as an IETF RFC in order to maximize interoperability of the transport over IP networks.

VC-2 Low Delay will enable cost saving associated to the transport of high resolution and high frame rate video content. For example, a 1080p60 stream can be transported over a single 1Gbps Ethernet cable, and up to three 4K/UHD stream at 60 fps can be transported over 10Gbps cable.

“A key distinguishing feature of VC-2 is that it is an open technology designed to avoid patent infringements. So it can be easily included in video production equipment as a hardware or software solution, without the potential costs, uncertainties, and practical difficulties of including other proprietary codecs” says Jean-Marie Cloquet, product manager of the video division at Barco Silex.

Barco Silex will demonstrate the VC2 LD codec on FPGA during IBC show (booth 10.D31a).

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About Barco Silex

Barco Silex is the market leader in video processing and security IP cores and platforms as well as electronic design services (ASIC, FPGA, DSP, Board). The full-range of Barco Silex JPEG 2000 and VC-2 LD IP cores enable high-performance and high-quality coding and support a wide range of features and options: ultra-low latency, lossless compression, high resolution (UHD/4K) and more.

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