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The IEEE Broadcast Technology Society, Montreal Chapter is inviting all interested IEEE Montreal members and other interested engineers, technologists and students to a technical seminar on

Vice President of Technology TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group Email: mgoldman@tandbergtv.com

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1515 Rue Ste – Catherine O, Montreal, QC H3G 1A1 Please register by e-mail contacting Manijeh Khataie at but registration is required in order to reserve a seat.

First standardized in 1994, MPEG-2 Video has been the ubiquitous video compression standard of broadcast television and entertainment video for many years. A few years ago, a new video compression standard, MPEG- 4 AVC, emerged with the promise of a 50% reduction in bandwidth required vs. MPEG-2 Video for the same picture quality. MPEG-4 AVC has now been adopted for Blu-ray discs and IPTV deployments, and is moving into more applications that are the bastion of MPEG-2 Video. This technical tutorial will give an introduction to MPEG-4 AVC, how it differs from MPEG-2 Video, and how those differences achieve the dramatic bandwidth savings.

This tutorial will discuss two recent advances in video compression for Contribution and Distribution applications. Due to the large savings in bandwidth, content owners are now considering, or soon will be using, MPEG-4 AVC for "front-hauls" or distribution to service providers. However, many of these service providers must still deliver MPEG-2 Video to consumers due to legacy or regulatory reasons. The concatenation effect of transcoding MPEG-4 AVC to MPEG-2 Video will be explored and the impact of bit-rate at each stage will be discussed. For “back-hauls”, or contribution links, from a premium sporting or entertainment venue to the studio, content owners have long used high bit-rate MPEG-2 Video feeds. With the advent of fidelity range extensions to the MPEG-4 AVC standard, MPEG-4 AVC has the capability to go beyond the picture quality possible with MPEG-2 Video and with lower bandwidth requirements. The MPEG-4 AVC Hi422 Profile (4:2:2 10-bit) will be explained and what as well as what benefits it will can provide. Practical examples will be shown and discussed.

Matthew Goldman is Vice President of Technology for TANDBERG Television, part of the Ericsson Group. He has been actively involved in the development of DTV systems since 1992. He was a prominent participant in the Moving Picture Experts Group where he helped create the MPEG-2 Systems standard, the baseline transport technology used in direct broadcast satellite, digital cable, terrestrial broadcasting, and DVD-video. He served as project editor for the MPEG-2 DSM-CC standard, specifically the control signalling used in video-on- demand systems, switched digital video, and for DTV data downloads and carousels.

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