Sisvel Announces Patent Pools for VP9 and AV1

Luxembourg-based Sisvel International SA announced patent pools for VP9 and AV1 yesterday targeted at consumer display devices (smartphones, TVs, etc) and consumer non-display devices (set-top boxes and OTT devices). Here’s what we know from this article on Streaming Media) and this Q&A. The standard rate for VP9 is € 0.24 for display devices and €…

Unified Poops in Velos’ Punchbowl

Sorry for the visual but couldn’t resist. Just got the following email from Unified Patents. All the normal caveats apply; I haven’t reviewed the filings (and won’t) and Unified may not succeed though they’ve had some recent successes. Why the hate on Velos? In contrast to the transparency with which MPEG LA and HEVC Advanced…

Installing and Using Netflix VMAF-Master

I frequently use the VMAF quality metric to analyze encoding parameters and compare codecs. In my experience, VMAF scores tend to match my own subjective quality observations and the fact that Netflix uses it gives the metric great credibility. Originally, there was only one VMAF version, but Netflix has added both a 4K model and…

New Five Star Review of FFmpeg Book

One frustration of writing books for developers is that they’re not the most prolific group when it comes to writing book reviews (or, well, at least not for my books). So it’s always cause for celebration when a review posts, especially when the review accurately captures the value I was hoping to deliver with the book. So…