Barco Silex announces VC-2 HQ RTP mapping ready for broadcast video production over IP

Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium – April 12, 2016 – Barco Silex, leading provider of video compression solution in the broadcast market, announces the availability of RTP (Real-time Transport Protocol) mapping for VC-2 encoded video stream. This is an essential building block for the broadcast market moving away from SDI to IP based production flow and will further enable the adoption of the open VC-2 codec standard in this context.

The RTP encapsulation of the VC-2 code stream according to the IETF draft enables the transport of video in the same way as it is proposed for uncompressed stream in the VSF TR-03 recommendation. With the encapsulation of the VC-2 code stream into RTP packets, it becomes extremely easy to replace an uncompressed stream by its equivalent VC-2 encoded stream. The operation reduces the network bandwidth by a factor up to 4 times.

The VSF TR-03 recommendation defines how to carry the video/audio signals over a standard Ethernet infrastructure. The video transport is based on RTP and very flexible as each media essence is transmitted separately. Each video stream can then be encoded to reduce its bandwidth with an open standard codec such as VC-2 (SMPTE 2042).

The need for a codec with low compression ratio is driven today by the increasing image quality used in production, and the transition to IP-based infrastructure. The VC-2 standard is a lightweight video compression codec for low latency application. The VC-2 codec is the right option to reduce the video bandwidth while keeping the content visually lossless.

Barco Silex will demonstrate its latest technology and products, including its latest VC-2 FPGA/ASIC library and RTP streaming, during the NAB show in Las Vegas (booth C8530).

About Barco Silex

Barco Silex is the leading provider of high-end image compression technology for hardware including JPEG, JPEG2000 and VC-2 HQ. This technology has been adopted by leading companies in the broadcast, professional AV and defense market. Barco Silex also specializes in security and cryptography. Combined with video transport, this ensures secure video transmission and content protection solutions. Barco Silex is a subsidiary of Barco (NYSE Euronext Brussels: BAR), the global leader in networked visualization products for the entertainment, enterprise and healthcare markets.

Press contact:

Geert Decorte,

Barco Silex SA Rue du Bosquet, 7 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve