Erlangen, Germany (September 13, 2004)–Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS) has announced that its latest MPEG-4 AV solution is available as free evaluation software. At IBC 2004, Fraunhofer IIS will present “DSL-TV,” a combination of MPEG-4 Advanced Video Coding and the most advanced low bit-rate, multichannel audio coding scheme.
According to Fraunhofer IIS, the public download of the MPEG-4 AV evaluation software suite will prove the efficiency of the Fraunhofer implementation comprising encoder, streaming server and player. The software uses Advanced Video Coding AVC and High Efficiency Advanced Audio Coding HE-AAC, the two most efficient multimedia codecs within MPEG-4. This combination enables digital video in high quality at data rates far below those used for example on video DVDs. It complies with the upcoming specification ISMA 2.0 of the Internet Streaming Media Alliance.
Available until January 1, 2005, the use of the evaluation MPEG-4 encoder and streaming server is limited to 30 days after installation and is only intended for personal, non-commercial purposes. The MPEG-4 player will keep all its functions.
Both Fraunhofer MPEG-4 player as well as MPEG-4 encoder and streaming server are software-only solutions that do not need special hardware. Thus, a standard PC with at least an 1.3GHz processor is able to create, stream and play back .mp4 files using the Fraunhofer MPEG-4 software.
At IBC 2004 in Amsterdam, Fraunhofer IIS will present an extended version of the software featuring HE-AAC Surround. This very efficient multi-channel extension of HE-AAC is based on recent research in the area of perceptual spatial audio coding. “DSL-TV” with surround sound offers data rates of less than 1 Mbit/s.
Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (IIS)