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Elemental completes first 4K HEVC test

Video solutions and delivery firm Elemental Technologies successfully completed what it claimed was the world’s first real-time 4K HEVC transmission over the weekend.

Japanese telco K-Opticom used high-efficiency video coding (HEVC or H.265) video processing software from Elemental to successfully deliver a real-time 4K Ultra HD transmission of the Osaka Marathon.

“The stream looked stunning with clear, reliable and very detailed output on Sony 4K televisions. Together, the advanced K-OPT optical fiber network and Elemental’s video processing proved real-time 4K HEVC transmission is now a reality,” said K-Opticom president Takao Fujino.

Tom Morrod, research director for consumer electronics and video technology at IHS, said: “4K and Ultra High Definition will be very important, especially for live sports in the coming years, and HEVC compression will be critical to making 4K cost effective, reach multiscreen devices and not use too much distribution bandwidth.”