The future
of video codecs
is in everyone’s hands

Online video streaming is a crucial part of the internet present and future

Online video streaming is becoming more and more the predominant means of online content consumption; video codecs therefore play a crucial role, also in this field, providing high quality video while saving bandwidth, battery life and expensive memory.
Knowing the history behind the development of these technologies is fundamental to understand why it’s important to defend the rights and investments of the innovators, who devote resources, time and efforts to secure continuous progress for the benefits of consumers and society as a whole.
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A history of cooperation.
A history of inventions.

During the 1950s, engineers from all over the world made incredible inventions, from variable length coding to bidirectional prediction, laying the groundwork for a new video compression technology that would enable digital video and all the benefits it brings.

At the beginning of the 1990s, several international organizations worked together, combining those innovations to create the first hybrid video codec model.

Since then, companies, international bodies, universities and R&D centres have continued investing and cooperating to dramatically improve the efficiency and other benefits of video codec technologies, to meet users’ increasing expectations for fast, ultra-high-quality video at lower costs.

Shine a light on video codecs

The video codec technologies used today are the result of decades of investments in innovation by many parties. These continued investments resulted in different generations of technologies, allowing for continued and drastic improvements in the video codecs domain.


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