I have a lot of friends who want all of their video content in either 720p or in full HD, 1080p. They do not watch videos which are of any resolution other than these two. They want their movies in HD, they want their favourite TV shows in HD, and even their favourite music videos have to be in HD, or else they just do not buy it no matter how badly they want it. And if you are one such person, here is a good news.
If you are enjoying your H.264 format videos, you will soon be able to enjoy the next version, H.265 format videos. This is because the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) has just approved the H.265 video format. H.265 is the next generation video codec brought out by the same consortium that gave us the current Apple Standard, the H.264. In the press release, ITU said:
The new codec will considerably ease the burden on global networks where, by some estimates, video accounts for more than half of bandwidth use. The new standard, known informally as ‘High Efficiency Video Coding’ (HEVC) will need only half the bit rate of its predecessor, ITU-T H.264 / MPEG-4 Part 10 ‘Advanced Video Coding’ (AVC), which currently accounts for over 80 per cent of all web video. HEVC will unleash a new phase of innovation in video production spanning the whole ICT spectrum, from mobile devices through to Ultra-High Definition TV.
That would be really cool, for sure. Same or better quality in half or less the size. And since we are talking about the quality of the video, we have to talk about the next generation Ultra HD resolution as well. You may also know it as 4K resolution of 2160p resolution. Yes, this is the next version of the video that you will soon be starting to see on your TVs and computers. A few TV manufacturers already showcased their 4K resolution TVs in international events last year.