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Thomson adds interlaced, statmux support to HEVC encoder

ViBE VS7000_FAVVideo technology specialist Thomson Video Networks has launched an updated version of its ViBE VS7000 multiscreen encoding system with expanded capabilities for the new HEVC compression format.

The platform now includes a new interlaced mode, an additional 10% improvement in compression performance, and support for statistical multiplexing, according to Thomson.

The company said that the upgrade makes the ViBE VS7000 the first platform to offer HEVC and statistical encoding for interlaced video content including 1080i25/30, 576i25, and 480i30.

“Most of today’s existing video content is in interlaced format, therefore operators need the ability to encode this content in the best possible quality. Also, statistical encoding is a technology that already exists for MPEG-2 or MPEG-4, delivering a typical bit rate reduction of 20 to 30 percent versus constant-bit-rate mode,” said Stéphane Cloirec, director of product management, Thomson Video Networks. “With the latest version of the ViBE VS7000, we’re providing these capabilities through HEVC to cut bandwidth requirements in half for interlaced video delivery. It’s the latest example of our Behind Every Screen strategy to deliver convergent solutions and the latest compression technologies for premium video quality on every platform and device.”