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BBC demos open codec


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The BBC has demonstrated an open-source video codec named Dirac which it claims offers twice the bit-rate of MPEG-2 at the same bandwith.

The BBC claims that the codec is general-purpose, suitable for streaming media, video storage, and other applications.

Dirac is suitable for resolutions from QCIF (180 x 144 pixels) to HDTV (1920 x 1080 pixels), progressive or interlaced, according to the BBC R&D group responsible.


Hope this allows them to transmit more channels at higher quality and it's open source!

Source: Digit