What MPEG’s three new codecs mean for the future of compression
June 08, 2020
The video compression landscape will become more crowded than ever in 2020, with the release of three codecs from The Motion Picture Experts Group (MPEG). Versatile Video Coding (VVC), MPEG-5 EVC and LCEVC will enter a market already served by MPEG-2, MPEG-4 AVC (H.264), HEVC, AV1 and a smattering of other niche production and contribution codecs. Deployment decisions are further complicated by the emergence of alternative bitrate saving technologies such as context aware encoding (CAE) and precoding. This may leave even less room for new codecs to emerge and further entrench AVC as the incumbent standard for many years to come.