Fujitsu (News - Alert) Laboratories has announced the release of its video quality enhancement technology, which reduces the impact against video quality that relaying normally presents. This technology is the first of its kind and has been adopted as a “recommended practice” by the Society of Motion Picture & Television Engineers (SMPTE). The SMPTE is an organization that creates the standards that the motion picture industry currently uses. Getting a good word from SMPTE pretty much gives Fujitsu a strong shoulder to stand on with this new technology.
From now on, video content distributors that adopt Fujitsu's “recommended practice” will be able to deliver higher-quality video to their subscribers. National channels have been having problems in this department, when stations like The Weather Channel have to use multiple relays to distribute their video feeds across multiple towns and cities in the United States.
Every time a signal goes through one of these relays, its quality slightly dims down and things like color, resolution, and vibrancy degrade. This often creates a phenomenon known as “color blurring.” The same thing happens when people upload and download the same video from YouTube (News - Alert) repeatedly, always uploading the most recently downloaded copy.
This new Fujitsu technology works with most video equipment currently in place and takes care of the color blurring issue. SMPTE awarded a paper on the technology with the Motion Imaging Journal Certificate of Merit in 2010. After two years, the SMPTE has published the technology as SMPTE Recommended Practice RP 2050-1:2012.
Fujitsu Laboratories has actually been working on video encoding for three decades, developing technology to commercialize high-definition video encoding, making devices show much clearer images. Fujitsu's efforts were not without merit, as companies all over the world adopted things like MPEG-2, MPEG-4, and H.264. Its IP Series encoders have been used by content distributors globally to broadcast to their subscribers.
Fujitsu's new technology will now present a medium for video encoding that will provide near-zero degradation at relay points.
Edited by Jennifer Russell