Video Systems

Advises Members on all aspects of video images, quality and workflows.

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.



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Post production


Subtitling / Access Services


* 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.


Join us

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.

Two parts

EBU Video Systems consists of two parts:

  1. VS-ALL, which is open to all industry professionals (including equipment manufacturers, research organizations, etc.)
  2. 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.

The best places to start for an overview of what is going on are the VS-ALL workspace and the VS-EBU workspace (restricted to EBU Members).

If you have any questions/need help, please contact the coordinator: Frans de Jong (EBU).

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