NGCodec will be at the next JCT-VC/MPEG Meeting in Korea, to help the industry to continue with the development. In fact we have attended almost all of the JCT-VC/MPEG HEVC meetings over the last 4 years.

After the ratification of HEVC/H.265 version 1, JCT-VC is working on version 2 and some further enhancements. We are expecting the following items of work in Korea:

In relation to HEVC version 1 we will be mostly working on conformance and reference software.

As part of version 2, 4:2:2, 4:4:4 and 12 bit extensions will be continued with the goal of ratifying these techniques into the HEVC standard by Q1 2014. These could them be extended with additional techniques for applications requiring even higher quality, like studio, screen content and lossless.

We are expecting to have the First Working Draft for the scalable technology based on HEVC (called SHVC), this will be suitable for applications that required scalability (resolution, frame rate, quality, color gamut etc.) The goal is to complete this work before the end of 2014.

There are some study of adding some additional interlaced video coding tools to HEVC, and this item would be disused on the next meeting.

There a number of 3D/multiview related activities, including MVC+depth, Multiview HEVC.

They will be some interesting discussions on the creation of a royalty free codec that could compete with Google’s WebM. MPEG is driving two activities, one based on H.264 CBP (WebVC) and one started from scratch (IVC).

Some additional work in cooperation with JPEG will be done in relation to the HEVC still picture profile, which has very big compression gains compared with JPEG.

They would be work deciding the next steps on the development of a new transport mechanism (MMT).