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SMPTE VC-1 Reaches Final Committee Draft Status

Video codec standard continues to progress through standardization (April 14, 2005)

VC-1, the proposed Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) video codec standard based on Windows Media Video 9, continues to progress through standardization. SMPTE recently declared VC-1 has met all requirements for Final Committee Draft (FCD) status.

?FCD status is a significant milestone for VC-1, said Peter Symes, SMPTE Engineering Vice-President. ?The FCD documents are the result of rigorous examination by many industry experts, and represent significant improvements to the original specifications.

Once finalized, companies will easily be able to build interoperable solutions using this next generation video compression technology, allowing them the choice of either licensing it directly from Microsoft or through MPEG LA, a recognized, independent licensing body. VC-1 has already been selected as a mandatory codec in both of the leading next-generation high definition DVD specifications, HD-DVD and Blu-ray Disc.

In addition to SMPTE, VC-1 is moving forward in other standards and industry organizations including DVB and ATSC, and completion of the work with SMPTE will allow interested parties to make a simple reference to the SMPTE standard in order to standardize within their group. Content created in VC-1 will be compatible with the Windows Media Video 9-based PC, CE device & TV experiences available today.

Founded in 1916, the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE), is the leading technological society for the motion imaging industry. Its salient goal is to advance the theory and development of the motion imaging field. Today, SMPTE publishes ANSI-approved Standards, Recommended Practices, and Engineering Guidelines that are strictly followed by the motion imaging industry. SMPTE holds conferences and local Section meetings to bring people and ideas together, further promoting the development of motion imaging technology.

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