Things just got easier for media/video solution providers, visual cloud vendors, and codec developers in delivering the promise of more brilliant and vibrant video every day to consumers. On the cusp of the NAB Show 2016, Intel just released new updates to both Intel Video Pro Analyzer (Intel® VPA) and Intel Stress Bitstreams and Encoder (Intel® SBE) which bring more reliable video viewing experiences, and brighter, more vivid HDR content in AVC, and speeds encoder/decoder performance and validation.
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Intel delivers an updated version of Intel® VPA, our advanced video analysis tool, with new capabilities that set it apart from other tools. Codec developers can deliver and analyze brilliant high-dynamic range (HDR) 4K content in AVC and improve the robustness of video streaming. The tool now supports:
This release also significantly improves performance by 1.7x for AVC and 47x for MPEG2; and reduces memory usage by 10% for AVC and VP9 codecs.
Here's a quick high-level list of some of our favorite new things in Intel VPA - more in-depth details of these follow. But keep in mind there's even more candy in the jar - see the Release Notes and full features list for even more.
Debug Faster with Improved Performance and Reduced Memory Usage
Optimize Smarter, Quicker, and More Efficiently with New Statistics, Tools and Capabilities
Automated validation checks for stream conformance to standard for HEVC and AVC were improved. Ensuring conformance for your output is important -- this means your content is playable on the widest range of decoders today and tomorrow. Errors are conveniently written to the error log for further analysis.
It’s now easier to find out how many syntax elements and bits per frame are used and check syntax element order. You can see more about the structure of encoded stream and interdependencies between the frames. Developers can verify that syntax elements that were encoded in particular order are decoded in the same order. New statistics delivers data to users in easy to use views, so they can make better quality and performance optimizations decisions and inspect, find issues and debug faster.
Since most video is delivered and played back in containers, this was a prioritized feature allowing users the ability to work directly with more container formats rather than by extracting video elementary streams, saving time and disk space. With direct use of containers one can skip the extra step of demuxing the content, which makes the process more efficient. Debug faster and with less overhead leading to quicker decision-making for further optimization targets.
by Jeff McAllister, technical consulting engineer for Intel® Media Server Studio product family
Video is an ever-present part of our lives - and to get high-quality video content out the door, not only are the best encoders and decoders needed, but ensuring they are compliant, can handle multiple stream scenarios, and pass validation tests quickly is where the rubber - and big costs - can hit the road.
With Intel® Stress Bitstreams and Encoder (Intel® SBE), codec developers and architects can perform extensive, production-scale media validation and debug to ensure that decoders are market-ready, and significantly reduce testing cycles through a range of test inputs and tools.
The most recent release of Intel® SBE delivers scalable HEVC (SHVC) and HEVC 4:0:0 (Monochrome) to improve compliance/performance tests, HEVC smoke test streams, and AVS 2.0 visual streams.
As image resolutions extend to UHD/4K and beyond, the benefits of increased quality (or decreased bandwidth to maintain a quality threshold) often come with the cost of increased algorithm and spec complexity. As a decode solution provider, this increases validation difficulty. A more complex spec means increasing test suite coverage to ensure decoder compatibility.
Intel® SBE's continuing development helps codec developers and architects ensure that decode products are ready for a wide range of codecs and spec extensions.
Intel has a longterm commitment to delivering computing technologies that change the world - from cloud, data center, mobile to event the tiniest embedded sensors. And Intel is here to help with the media and broadcasting industry take the fullest advantage of Intel architecture, providing pathways to innovation such as to next gen formats like HEVC, VP9, and other emerging standards for increased coding efficiency. Transitioning down this path is crucial for video solution providers to stay competitive and overcome bandwidth constraints as image resolutions extend to UHD/4K and beyond.
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