V-Nova Ltd., a leading provider of video compression solutions, announced that it has added Machine Learning capabilities at the core of its PERSEUS Pro codec, which powers the P.Link Dual UHD/8HD video encoder and decoder.
The new addition represents the deepest application of machine learning in compression today. The new P.Link with Machine Learning will make its debut on V-Nova’s booth #SU13310 at NAB Show (April 9-12, 2018, Las Vegas, NV).
By 2020, it is predicted that video will account for roughly 80% of all Internet traffic, 20% of which will be Ultra HD . This demand for higher definition video, delivered over existing network infrastructure, is placing more strain on operators and their network providers, who desperately need efficient codecs to avoid costly upgrades to their connections.
Guido Meardi, CEO and co-founder at V-Nova, said: “P.Link and the PERSEUS Pro codec that powers it had already revolutionized the contribution space by enabling studio-quality, intra-only HD and UHD at vastly lower bitrates than existing solutions. With our machine-learning advances, we’re now able to deliver visually lossless UHD at just 140Mbps, which is comparable with what many operators are currently using to deliver HD .”
Inherently free from blocking artefacts, temporal dragging or aliasing, PERSEUS Pro already redefines contribution encoding with huge efficiency gains over J2K and MPEG4 solutions. By incorporating Machine Learning and more specifically, Convolutional Neural Networks into its unique multiscale approach, PERSEUS Pro has been trained to identify common video features such as edges and curves. By identifying those features across the various layers, the amount of residual data required for reconstruction is reduced and allows PERSEUS Pro to deliver a truly accurate picture, even at lower bitrates.
PERSEUS Pro with Machine Learning has been implemented into V-Nova’s P.Link encoder/decoder hardware. Available for integration into any contribution or production workflow, P.Link enables the TV & Media industry to realise vast cost savings in bandwidth or quality upgrades across a range of use-cases including remote production, live event contribution and site-to-site links. P.Link allows high density HD & UHD bi-directional flexibility, features dynamic multiplexing to further optimise the delivery of multiple concurrent feeds, and includes HDR support as standard.
 DPP recommendations on JPEG-2000 delivery for HD: https://www.digitalproductionpartnership.co.uk/publication/#publication-8970
V-Nova Ltd. is a London-headquartered technology company providing next-generation compression solutions that address the ever-growing media processing and delivery challenges. V-Nova provides solutions spanning the entire media delivery chain, including content production, contribution, storage and distribution to end users. V-Nova’s award-winning PERSEUS™ is the only cross-media codec format and delivers on the promises of next-generation image and video compression, today. Using PERSEUS technology, media and entertainment companies can now monetise unmet consumer demand for higher definition video everywhere, on existing devices and infrastructure, by a simple software upgrade.
The PERSEUS technology works in 2 ways: PERSEUS Pro is an Intra codec for mathematically lossless and visually lossless professional production, contribution and imaging workflows. PERSEUS Plus is a temporal codec designed to enhance a base codec such as H.264 or HEVC, adding additional layers of detail and upscaling for unbeatable distribution efficiency to consumers.