The Video Systems Strategic Programme coordinates all work in its domain. Where relevant, dedicated groups are created to work on topics in more detail.
Currently the following deliverables are planned (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.
- AR broadcasters survey (Q3-Q4 2017)
- AR 'Proof of Concept' applications (5 different ones) (Q1 2018)
- EBU BPN 115 - Augmented Reality - A first guide for broadcasters (Q1 2018)
- EBU Tech Review on software for creating CG-based videos and AR/VR apps (Q2 2018)
- Survey of interest in Archive Guidelines (Q2 2019)
- EBU IMF Workshop (Q2 2017)
- Report on 'IMF for broadcasters' (Q3 2017)
- IMF Fact Sheet (Q3 2017, Q3 2018)
- Update of EBU R 095 'Safe Areas' (Q3 2017)
- Implementation of an API for EBU.IO/QC (Q4 2017)
- Quality Control Fact Sheet (Q3 2017, Q3 2018)
- Detailed updates of existing QC Tests (Q4 2018)
- Addition of QC Tests on Subtitling (Q2 2019)
- Addition of QC Tests on IMF (Q2 2019)
Subtitling / Access Services
- Update of EBU-TT-D (Q4 2017, Q2 2018)
- List vendors support for EBU-TT (Q3 2018)
- Subtitling Fact Sheet (Q3 2017, Q3 2018)
- Access Services gap analysis (Q2 2019)
UHD, HDR, HFR and HD
- EBU Tech 3320 'Professional Video Monitor Requirements' HDR update (Q3 2017)
- Video Monitors Fact Sheet (Q3 2017)
- Creation of UHD HDR test material + making of video (Q3 2017)
- EBU BPN 114 - Initial Guide on HDR (Q4 2017)
- Exchange of UHD / HDR test files (XAVC) to verify metadata settings (since Q4 2017)*
- AV1 vs JEM vs HEVC subjective tests (Q1 2018)
- UHD/HDR in distribution webinar (Q1 2018)
- Sharing of Montreux Jazz HDR test material with EBU Members (Q2 2018)
- HDR production monitors testing (Q2 2018)
- HDR monitors testing report (Q1 2019)
- UHD-HDR-HFR-NGA tests during EAC 2018 (Q3 2018)
- Sharing of EAC Berlin 2018 UHD-HDR-HFR-NGA test material (Q4 2018)
- Update of EBU R 129 'Avoding screen burn-in' (Q4 2018)
- HFR Subjective Testing (Q1 2019)
- VMAF Subjective Testing (Q1 2019)
- EBU Tech Review article on the EAC 2018 UHD-HDR-HFR-NGA trial (Q2 2019)
- HFR Subjective Testing report (Q2 2019) (EBU Members can already see the results here)
- VMAF Subjective Testing report (Q2 2019) (EBU Members can already see the results here)
- HDR implementations testing (Q1-Q2 2019)
- HDR Conversion Guidelines (Q2 2019)
- EBU HDR Masterclass (Q2 2019)
- EBU Tech 3320 update (Q2 2019)
- EBU Tech 3325 update (Q2 2019)
- EBU UHD/HDR requirements/recommendation for (Q2 2019)
* To have access to the files, EBU Members need to first join the Video Systems Group.
For more information on HDR, also check out this specific HDR page.
- EBU User Group on VR (Q3 2017 - Q3 2018)
- Virtual Reality Fact Sheet (Q3 2017)
- VR Proof of Concept app (Q1 2018)
We welcome your active participation in Video Systems (see key deliverables we work on above) and/or its dedicated groups: IMF-TV, QC, Subtitling. Depending on your EBU Membership status, restrictions may apply. You may also be interested to join the EBU NLE User Group (EBU Members only).
EBU Technology & Innovation Workplan
Every two years, the EBU develops a roadmap for technology and innovation activities based on the requirements and inputs given by EBU Members. The result of this roadmap is our bi-annual EBU Technology & Innovation workplan.
Video Systems exists since summer 2017 and combines the work of the previous Strategic Programmes 'BHD' and 'QC' (the latter since has become a group under Video Systems).
The EBU Strategic Programme on Video Systems deals with all aspects of video images, image quality and quality assessment, specifically concerning HDTV, UHDTV, High Dynamic Range and High Frame Rates as well as emerging immersive image systems such as Augmented, Mixed and Virtual Reality.
Taking an end-to-end approach from production to distribution and the consumer, the work encompasses all aspects of video processing, investigating production codecs, related file formats and wrappers (e.g. MXF, IMF), workflows and access services and also evaluating practicality and cost aspects.
Video Systems provides strategic and technical advice and, through active collaboration with industry and standards bodies such as DVB, ITU-R, SMPTE, and W3C, helps to ensure broadcaster requirements are reflected in future media applications and services.
See the 'activities' section for the curently planned deliverables.
EBU Video Systems consists of two parts:
- VS-ALL, which is open to all industry professionals (including equipment manufacturers, research organizations, etc.)
- VS-EBU, which is restricted to EBU Members (public service media organizations)
When you join EBU Video Systems, you are automatically added to the appropriate e-mail reflector(s) and given access to the relevant workspaces and other tools.
How we work
The actual work is performed via the e-mail reflector(s) and using additional tools where needed.
At least one Video Systems webex per month is held with EBU Members and at least one Webex every two months with the wider group. These webexes are used to coordinate the work and keep all in-sync regarding the latest activitities.
If you have any questions/need help, please contact the coordinator: Frans de Jong (EBU).
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