H.265 Spec Draft Expected in February
It seemed like everyone had finally settled down on H.264, in all its myriad flavors, as the video compression standard of choice, and now comes word that work on H.265 is starting to come together. Admittedly, its not much a surprise. Standards bodies need something to keep themselves busy and processor manufacturers are sure to appreciate a new application to push computing needs. With more than a dozen versions of H.264 approved over the last ten years, it has been a remarkably flexible set of standards. H.265 will be designed from the beginning to support resolutions ranging from the smartphone-friendly QVGA (320×240) all the way up to the recently approved Ultra High-Definition Television resolution of 7680×4320.
According to Multichannel News, an initial draft of the new spec should be ready in February, with a completed standard due in January 2013.
The H.265 codec is expected to decrease the bandwidth needed to deliver video by 25% to 50%. The bandwidth savings come at a cost of increased processing complexity, but the benefits, particularly for mobile operators, make the cost worthwhile.