EBU activities related to video codecs, formats, HDR and QC


Video Systems & Workflows
This group coordinates all work in the Video domain. Where relevant, dedicated groups are created to work on topics in more detail. This group is led by Simon Thompson (BBC). Current focus is on HDR monitors measurement and camera/lens testing guidance.

HDR Implementation Task Force
This group aims to help EBU Members use and deploy HDR technology. It is chaired by Andrew Dunne (BBC).

HDR Downmapping
This industry-wide group aims to help optimize the use of HDR -> SDR downmappers in live TV production.

Video Evaluation
Group that covers all subjective & objective evaluations work, including production codecs, test sequences, AI-empowered algorithms testing, and SD -> HD / HD -> UHD upsampling. Liases with the EBU Distribution SP for video compression topics (e.g. 5G contribution). Led by Roberto Iacoviello (RAI).

UHDTV Strategy Support
A group to identify existing and missing information to help EBU Members create/update their UHDTV (UHD, HDR, NGA) strategies. This is a joint activity with the Audio Systems & Workflows group. This work is led by Karl Petermichl (ORF).

Quality Control
Group where the QC.EBU.IO collection was created and is maintained.


Hybrid & Cloud-based Production
This community allows Members to share their approaches to (live) cloud production.

Topical pages



Currently the following deliverables are planned in the video domain (green indicates the deliverable has already been delivered). Note that deliverables are dependent on enough participation in the work and that the planning is subject to change. New deliverables are added regularly.


  • status_done_12px.png Moving to 1080p/50 production - the VRT use case - Tech Roundtable  (Q1 2023)
  • status_done_12px.png Addition of IMF QC Tests to QC.EBU.IO (Q1 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png Development of Codecs Testing Management software (Q4 2022-Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png File-based HDR workflow Webinar - BBC (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png EBU R 153 - update (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png EBU R 154 - update (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png HDR Downmapping documentation (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png HDR Static Transform (between the two main downmappers) (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png Real-time, Mezzanine Codecs Tests (Q1-Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png Production Codecs implementation tests (Q1-Q2 2023)
  • status_low_12px.png Report on objective video quality metrics (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png (HDR) Video Monitors Measurement (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png Cameras/Lens testing guidance (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png New video test sets creation (Q2 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png EBU Production Codecs tests report Apple (Q3 2023)
  • status_low_12px.png Upressing algorithms benchmarking (Q4 2023)
  • status_med_12px.png HDR Downmapping harmonization
  • status_med_12px.png Continuous development of the QC.EBU.IO platform (Q1-Q4 2023)







* To have access to the files, EBU Members need to first join the Video Systems & Workflows Group.