New MPEG Addition Means Peace In Our Time

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The Moving Picture Experts Group (MPEG) after a great deal of research has selected a new MPEG. As I create this entry, the working name is "MPEG Unified Speech and Audio Codec". The purpose of the new codec is to give us better quality audio and video while needing less space for storage and transmission. The only bad news I see is, the first part, of the audio section is into out until early 2010.

The new audio is brought to us by Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits (Fraunhofer IIS) located in Erlangen (Munich Germany). The firm has had previous success with digital codecs and audio with the development of MP3 as well is co-creation of AAC and MPEG surround.

Joining them is VoiceAge Corporation (Montréal, Canada), which is responsible for the new MPEG audio codec as it relates to speech. Before we completed TRCB.com, I made a reference on my blog (IT Training Today), about Mania 2.0 becoming a mantra first with Web 2.0 then Music 2.0

Back at the end of May, I made a reference to a promising codec candidate, MT9. This audio codec was finalist in the audio shootout for the new audio standard for the upcoming MPEG release. So sorry ETRI (Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute), located at Daejeon, Korea. Your audio codec certainly has a lot of Wow factor. The fact that you didn't win the gold medal for the next audio MPEG codec speaks volumes for the new standard. Since I doubt you lost out to an inferior pair of offerings, I can't wait to see, excuse me, hear this new work.

Maybe you can get the working group to at least accept your idea of six audio channels each with their own equalizer. Like many veterans, I have a hard time hearing voices around loud noises. The idea of being able to adjust equalizers to hear the human better, certainly had great appeal to me.

These new audio codecs will certainly be a welcome addition to MPEG4- Part 10 (also known as MPEG-4 AVC Advanced Video Coding), which already has H.264 as the de facto winner for the video codec portion comprising MPEG-4.

This standards are jointly maintained by the ITU (International Telecommunications Union), with the committee Video Coding Experts Group (VCEG).

Of course as many great ideas have found out the hard way, it's as good as not being done at all is a popular vendor does not pick up the standard and run with it. I don't think we have that concern here. There's a company out in Cupertino, California. It has shown its hand and picked MPEG-4 for its product lineup. The company makes iPhone, iPod, Nano, and what were waiting to see a decent video offering from them, at least they have computers such as the IMac, the Mini Mac, some cool blade servers etc. 

Given Apple is behind these codecs, and oh, by the way, they are technically superior in clearly measurable ways. Everywhere I can measure. So the endgame is, although not soon enough, we will be able to turn on an AV offering, and it will work. I can't wait. Personally, I have better things to do the chasing codecs and drivers. Having just completed the build of a new Windows box, I spent about three days chasing 64-bit drivers. Never did find one for the NIC (put in an Intel NIC). 

So in the meantime, if you're making movies and storing them. Do your best to archive them with H.264 (Maybe you have it has Xvid, DivX or Nero Digital.) 

 

Tcat Houser is a trainer in Information Technology as well as assisting people understand the most complex computer all, the human brain. This necessitates his being a professional Road warrior.

As A Certified Technical Trainer and Subject Matter Expert (SME) @ TRCB.com it can be difficult to figure out what Tcat is currently researching.

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