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Thomson Adds HEVC Support to Vibe Encoding System
Taking the lead on HEVC, Thomson adds live and file-based encoding which it will demonstrate at NAB.

HEVC support is supposed to be years away, but it seems no one told Thomson Video Networks that. Thomson today announced that its Vibe VS7000 encoding and transcoding system now supports the High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) standard. Thomson is well ahead of HEVC demand, but someone had to go first.

The announcement comes days before the NAB conference is set to begin in Las Vegas, Nevada. Those who want to see HEVC encoding in action should stop by the Thomson booth, where the compression company will show live and file-based HEVC encoding working with up to ultra HD resolutions, then displaying the results on multiple HEVC players. Visitors can also see Thomson's Vibe VS7000 working with VisualOn's OnStream MediaPlayer+, providing HEVC decoding on a Nexus tablet computer.

By taking a lead on HEVC, Thomson says it's helping the industry get to a place where HD and ultra HD content can play on any device, on any network. Thomson also notes that it's been a part of HEVC development, and that HEVC represents up to a 50 percent bandwidth savings compared to H.264.

The Vibe VS7000 can ingest compressed or uncompressed live TV signals or video files, then encode them for OTT distribution. Besides HEVC, it supports MPEG, Adobe Flash, Apple HLS, Microsoft Smooth Streaming, and MPEG-DASH.

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