H.266/VVC Standard Finalized With ~50% Lower Size Compared To H.265

Written by Michael Larabel in Standards on 6 July 2020 at 09:14 AM EDT. 107 Comments
The Versatile Video Coding (VVC) standard is now firmed up as H.266 as the successor to H.265/HEVC.

H.266/VVC has been in the works for several years by a multitude of organizations. The schedule had been aiming for finalizing the standard by July 2020.

Fraunhofer HHI today with its partners announced the official H.266/VVC standard. The aim is with its improved compression to offer around 50% lower data requirements relative to H.265 while offering the same quality. H.266 should work out much better for 4K and 8K content than H.264 or H.265.

Fraunhofer won't be releasing H.266 encoding/decoding software until this autumn. It will be interesting to see meanwhile what open-source solutions materialize. Similarly, how H.266 ultimately stacks up against the royalty-free AV1.

More details on H.266 via Fraunhofer.de.
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