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The value of MPEG standards

Introduction MPEG can certainly be proud of the valuable standards it has produced: MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC, MPEG-4 File Format and, more recently HEVC, MMT, DASH and many more. Why are MPEG standards valuable and what can we do to add more value to them? Why are MPEG standards valuable? There is no single answer to this question. So, let’s analyse the causes that make MPEG standards valuable. While we are at it. later we wik let’s also analyse why…

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Design and build the future of MPEG

Established in 1988, the Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) has produced some 180 standards in the area of efficient distribution on broadcast, broadband, mobile and physical media, and consum­ption of digital moving pictures and audio, both conventional and immersive, using analysis, compression and trans­port technologies. It has also produced 5 standards for efficient storage, processing and delivery of genomic data. With its membership of ~1500 registered and ~600 attending experts, MPEG has produced more standards than any other JTC 1…

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Another view at MPEG’s strengths and weaknesses

Introduction In No one is perfect, but some are more accomplished than others I have started a 360 ⁰ analysis of MPEG strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats considering the Context in which MPEG operates, the Scope of MPEG standards and the Business model of the industries using MPEG standards. Subsequently, in More MPEG Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats I have considered the Membership, the organisational Structure and the Leadership. In this article I would like to continue the SWOT analysis…

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An “unexpected” MPEG media type: fonts

Introduction These days MPEG is adapting its working methods at physical meetings to cope with the constraints of the Covid-19 pandemic. But this is not the first time that MPEG does works, and excellent one, without the help of physical meetings. This article will talk about this first and indispensable attempt at developing standards outside of regular MPEG meetings. Compression is a basic need In the early 2000, MPEG received an unexpected, but in hindsight obvious proposal. MPEG-4 defines several…

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MPEG and the future of visual information coding standards

Video in MPEG has a long history MPEG started with the idea of compressing the 216 Mbit/s of standard definition video, and the associated 1.41 Mbit/s of stereo audio, for interactive video applications on Compact Disc (CD). That innovative medium of the early 1980s was capable to provide a sustained bitrate of 1.41 Mbit/s for about 1 hour. The bitrate was expected to accommodate both the video and audio information. At about the same time, some telco research laboratories were…

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Can MPEG survive? And if so, how?

Introduction Human beings and organisation that result from human endeavours are complex living organisms that live and expand because they have internal forces driving their development. Both types of organism, however operate in environments populated by other organisms which variously affect them. Today 7.5 billion human organisms are under the threat of Covid-19 viral pandemic that is taking a terrible and growing toll of deaths and economic hardships. Organisms created by human, too, are subjects to the influence of other…

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