MPEG-5 Part 2 LCEVC is the first internationally accredited enhancement standard for any existing and future video compression scheme. It enhances the compression performance of any base video codec (e.g., AVC, HEVC, AV1, EVC or VVC) and offers improved picture quality at up to 40% lower bitrates for both live and VoD delivery. Additionally, it provides a 2-4x improvement in encoding computational efficiency. LCEVC enables greener and more cost-effective video delivery workflows whilst maintaining compatibility with the device ecosystem of the enhanced codec. It empowers services to improve quality-of-experience for viewers without having to duplicate workflows or wait for device replacement cycles.
In live sports delivery when serving millions of concurrent streams to all kinds of devices, LCEVC provides greater reliability, reducing buffering events and increasing quality. It also helps to minimize latency, facilitating new business models such as betting and other real-time interactivity applications.
Hyper-scale operators like social media and e-sports platforms are also looking at LCEVC as a key tool to drive enhanced user experiences through higher-quality and faster stream start-up whilst also reducing per user costs. LCEVC is enabling urgently required advances in video conferencing. These include remote surgery and training in the medical domain with higher-resolution video over the same bandwidth connection.
For global broadcasting services, LCEVC is enabling a speedy, seamless and cost-effective upgrade to higher picture quality across all devices regardless of bandwidth. The ecosystem of LCEVC support is also building rapidly amongst a number of key industry vendors.