Video compression tech doesn’t seem to change all that often, but when it does it sure takes some big leaps. H.264/Advanced Video Coding (AVC) was first introduced back in 2003. It’s still pretty prevalent today, despite H.265/High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) being released a decade later in 2013. Now, the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute has done it again with H.266/Versatile Video Coding (VVC), cutting the files sizes down to a quarter of H.264.
It’s been a minute since we’ve heard anything new about Sharp’s interchangeable lens 8K Micro Four Thirds camera, but it looks like they’re trying to take some of the attention away from the upcoming Canon EOS R5 announcement by adding it to the 8K page on their official website
They haven’t added a dedicated page for the new camera yet, or announced any new information or specs, simply listing it as “under development”, but the timing of the addition is quite interesting.
It was only six weeks ago that Apple released a beta plugin to allow Adobe Premiere Pro, After Effects, Rush and Media Encoder to read video files recorded in ProRes RAW. Now, it seems that plugin is no longer necessary as Adobe has just announced native ProRes RAW support for both Premiere Pro and After Effects in the latest update.
As well as ProRes RAW support, Premiere Pro also gets an improved pen tool and finally sees GPU acceleration on Windows for h.264 and h.265 (HEVC) files with both Nvidia and AMD GPUs – which should massively speed up those renders. After Effects gets a new “tapered shape stroke” feature, as well as concentric shape repeaters.
For so long we have accepted and integrated JPEGs into our digital lives, it’s almost hard to fathom that there could be a better alternative. A new, mysterious file format that not only creates smaller files, but one that makes better looking photos, too. Howerever, Fabrice Bellard has come up with a new format, the aptly titled Better Portable Graphics (or BPG), which does just that. BPG utilizes the new x265 video codec to create an image file which is equivalent to pulling a single frame out of a H.265 video clip.