Today, after several years of research and standardization, the Freunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute has announced the official release of the successor to the H.265 HVC, aptly named H.266 / Versatile Video Coding (VVC). What does this mean for the future of video on Apple devices?
Today the H.265 is enjoying widespread use on Apple devices such as the iPhone, as it is the default codec used by video capture in stock camera apps. What exactly can users wait for in the future after the widespread adoption of H.26666 / VVC? That means a huge reduction in data requirements.
Frenchhofer HHI notes that transmitting 90 minutes of 4K UHD video at H.265 / / HVC requires about 10 gigabytes of data, while H.266 / VVC requires half the data required for the same video quality.
The codec, which features a standard specification of 500+ pages, was created specifically with high-resolution 4K and 8K streaming in mind. With such a reduction in data requirements, users will be able to capture high quality images without significantly increasing storage space. This means that there will be significantly less demand for mobile data streaming high-quality videos.
With all this being said we can expect that H.266 / / VVC will take some time to be widely adopted. Consider the fact that H.26464 / AVC still has a huge presence, even though H.265V / HVCC. The first version of the standard was approved in January 2013.
Apple has introduced support for HOVC in iOS since the release of iOS 11 in September 2017, and only then have we begun to see graphics card options on the Max supporting advanced HVVC hardware acceleration.
Although users have the option to switch to the “most suitable” H.264 code in iOS, HVVC is required for videos captured at 4K resolution and / or 60 fps, requiring HVC use even at slow speeds of 240 fps.
The codec you can use in 2027-28 has been announced today: H.266.
It promises a value equal to H.265 at half the rate. https://t.co/tp26fU40pD
The first effective draft of the H.265 was launched in 2010. Very few people used it after 8 years
– Alex Golner @ (@ Alex4D) July 6, 2020
As FCPX guru Alex Golner noted in his above embedded tweet, it will be a while before we start adopting HIVC-wide follow-up but it will be a big advantage for higher resolution (8K and higher) camera options in the future iOS devices.
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