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HEVC - an apology
Posted: Wednesday, May 14, 2014
I have a confession to make. I was over enthusiastic in my Interlace + HEVC blog post a little while ago. I confidently stated: “One of the great advances in the HEVC specification is that it does not support interlace”. This is blatantly untrue. I used a slightly more accurate statement in an e...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
#DPPIOD – The Digital Production Partnership Interoperability Day (what, no HEVC?)
Posted: Friday, March 14, 2014
This week say another Digital Production PartnershipInteroperability Day. It was bigger and better than all the ones that went before. More importantly it seems that interoperability is going beyond simple video and audio and is including themetadata that is exchanged along with the file: We’re ...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
From MPEG 1 to HEVC: the battle of the bitrate bulge continues
Posted: Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Back in the mists of time – well, 40 years ago – people were contemplating the idea of digital video, and they came up against the stumbling block that the resultant files would be huge. Even though we were talking about standard definition back then, giving every pixel on the screen its own val...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
What did CES tell us about HEVC?
Posted: Wednesday, January 15, 2014
CES this year had lots of buzz around wearable technology, 3D printing, screens and HEVCstreaming. “Consumers are getting 4K HEVC TVs whether they want them or not” said Troy Drier  I find this an interesting trend because I have written in the past about some of the curiou...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Interlace or Progressive – Who chooses?
Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014
Regular readers of this blog – or just people who have met me and been slightly startled when I start foaming at the mouth – will know that I am obsessive to the point of mania on one topic: Interlace is evil. Repeat after me: interlace is evil: Back when television first became a practical prop...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
IBC 2013 - Did interlace die or was it just wounded?
Posted: Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I delivered the last paper of the show in 1988 in Brighton, UK and it was raining. This year the rain was plentiful too and I was up on stage again talking to young people as part of the Rising Stars program. It's refreshing to talk to people who are new to the industry. It gives you a good pers...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
How to get de-interlaced in Amsterdam
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013
HEVC (High Efficiency Video Codec) is likely to be one of the most talked about topics at IBC this year, not only because it promises to reduce the data rate needed for high quality video coding by 50% compared to the current state-of-the-art, but also because the new coding standard simply does...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Has technology killed the broadcast super-star?
Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013
It was very sad to hear over the weekend that David Frost had died. He came from a generation where it was possible to be a true global broadcasting super-star. Why don't  you step back and think about what he achieved during his life. Now try to imagine some young 20 year old today trying to ac...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Standing Tall on the Interlace Soap Box with HEVC
Posted: Thursday, August 29, 2013
If you read my last post on the evils of interlace, you'll know how strongly I feel about the topic.  Just like maggot therapy went out of fashion with the advent of antibiotics, interlace is on its way out with the arrival of HEVC: Hold on a second, I hear you say, if interlace is so bad, why w...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
Pixels! Look at all the lovely pixels!
Posted: Tuesday, August 06, 2013
“3D is sooo last year. We’re totally over it. 4K is our new BFF. We’ve even seen it on a demonstration screen at NAB. It is so cool, and you don’t even need ugly glasses": Yes, my friends, it seems the doom-mongers were right and 3D television was just a passing fad. Consumers did not want to si...
Posted by Bruce Devlin
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