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ATEME Enables Industry First Open Source Implementation Supporting HEVC

GPAC, Open Source Media Player, Now Supports HEVC for use by Service Providers and Broadcasters to Accelerate Experimentation of the New Codec
PARIS(4/3/2013) -

ATEME, a global leader in advanced video compression
solutions for the broadcast industry, announced the industry¹s first open
source implementation of a software media player supporting High Efficiency
Video Coding (HEVC) is now available. Service providers and broadcasters are
able to accelerate experimentation of the new HEVC Codec standard in the

GPAC is an open source media player that can be used to playback live or
file-based audio and video content, and also to encapsulate and transmit
such content as a stream. Those functionalities are now extended to files or
streams encoded with HEVC, the latest video compression format standardized
by ITU as H.265.

Jean Le Feuvre, Associate Professor at Telecom ParisTech, France and project
leader for GPAC, commented: ³GPAC has become an indispensable test bed for a
broad range of experiments within our multimedia research projects. With
this breakthrough HEVC feature set, we expect that GPAC will also serve the
needs of content providers and telecom operators who wish to explore what
the new codec can accomplish for their business ­ whether it is a reduction
in bandwidth, or quality enhancements using the same bandwidth.²

GPAC has been validated with a 1080p High Definition content delivery chain.
Work is now ongoing to extend the use cases to Ultra High Definition. ³The
support of HEVC in GPAC is a milestone for the broadcast industry, allowing
us to move from relatively static demonstrations of the new codec to much
broader and more meaningful field trials. ATEME has been an early supporter
of HEVC features in GPAC and took an active part in the integration effort
because this will help our clients assess the performance of our TITAN
product line in HEVC² said Jerome Vieron, Advanced Research Manager at

The TITAN File and Live transcoder with support for HEVC, used in
combination with the GPAC player, will be on display in the ATEME booth
#SU7102, in the NAB Show South Upper hall of the Las Vegas Conference
Center, April 8-11, 2013.


• ATEME, IETR and Telecom ParisTech actively collaborated for the
open-source development of an HEVC test-bed, featuring an HEVC/H.265
decoder, OpenHEVC, its integration in GPAC along with upgrade of transport
tools for HEVC, and the end-to-end testing of the new feature set. The test
bed is currently running on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux operating systems.

• The OpenHEVC decoder is a project led by Mickaël RAULET,
Research Engineer at the Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications
Rennes (IETR) laboratory. The decoder, distributed under LGPL license,
supports HEVC main profile; its performanceenables GPAC to play up 1080p
resolution and 25 or 30 frames per second on a single core CPU. More
information is available at

• GPAC is an open source framework for packaging, distribution and
playback of interactive multimedia, distributed under the terms of the LGPL
license. GPAC tools enable both encapsulation and playback of HEVC
bitstreams in MPEG-2 TS and ISO Base Media File (ISOBMF also known as .mp4),
according to the ISO specificationsunder finalization by the Motion Picture
Experts Group. The resulting content can be locally played back or used for
testing purposes, or can be delivered live, from a pre-encoded bitstream,
for transmission chain prototyping. MPEG-2 TS based broadcasts can be
generated over IP unicast or multicast.  GPAC can also provide OTT
distribution using MPEG-DASH in either MPEG-2 TS or ISOBMF container formats
for either live or on demand playback of HEVC content. More information on
GPAC is available at

About Telecom ParisTech
Telecom ParisTech is the leading French graduate engineering school in
Information and Communication Technology. With about 1300 students, 330 PhD
and 180 full-time researchers, Telecom ParisTech research builds upon the
major disciplines of digital communications, electronics, computer science
and engineering, networks, digital signal and image processing and the
economics of information systems.

About IETR
Institute of Electronics and Telecommunications of Rennes (IETR) undertakes
research in information and communication science and technology. Research
teams from INSA-Rennes, the University of Rennes 1, Supélec and the
University of Nantes staff the IETR Joint Research Unit. Research areas
areAntennas and Microwaves, Radar Propagation Communications and
Communications systems, an Imaging and Remote Sensing.

ATEME is a world leading provider of HEVC / H.265, MPEG-4 / H.264 and MPEG-2
bandwidth efficient compression technology. ATEME encoding solutions are
deployed widely for broadcast contribution links, distribution, multi-screen
live streaming, OTT and VOD applications.  More information is available at

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