At the National Association of Broadcasters Show, Intel and Netflix presented the SVT-AV1 video codec: scalable, high-performance and open source. The initials are for Scalable Video Technology for AV1 (SVT-AV1) and the new codec offers performance and scalability in video processing.

The two companies underline the importance of modernising video software codecs for greater efficiency. This innovation will allow you to offer advanced user experiences and reach a global scale, promises Intel. By doing so, accelerating the time-to-market and reducing costs for developers and service providers.

SVT-AV1, the high-performance video codec

SVT-AV1, explains Intel, is a software-based scalable codec. The codec is designed to offer the best compromise between performance, latency and visual quality. And it’s mainly designed for the workloads of visual cloud work: this explains Netflix’s involvement in the partnership.

The benefits of the SVT-AV1 codec performance, still illustrates Intel, are based on the SVT architecture. The latter is a highly optimized video coding technology that has already produced several generations of codecs, including SVT-Hevc, SVT-VP9 and SVT-AV1.

The new SVT-AV1 codec, however, brings unique features. This allows encoders to scale their performance levels according to the quality and latency requirements of the target applications. With the ability to manage from the highest quality video on demand (VOD) to live streams in real time.

High quality encoding and decoding in SVT-AV1 will allow developers involved in visual cloud workloads to launch them on the market faster. Scalability is one of the main features of the codec, which is optimized for video encoding on Intel Xeon scalable processors.

Intel and Netflix, the partnership for video

The ability to scale between the most diverse usage cases, up to the high quality video on demand, seems therefore to be the common platform for the partnership between Intel and Netflix. • SVT-AV1 collaboration with Intel offers an alternative AV1 solution to the open source community, enabling faster development of the AV1 algorithm and stimulating innovation for next generation video compression technology. • • • • He has declared David Ronca, director of Encoding Technologies, Netflix.

For his part, Lynn Comp, Intel vice president of the Network Platforms Group and general manager of the Visual Cloud Division, presents the codec as follows. Features high performance and efficiency are offered by the SVT-AV1 codec. And compared to today’s most popular codec (H.264 AVC), SVT-AV1 can help service providers save up to half the bandwidth, offering cutting-edge user experiences that can be delivered quickly and cost-effectively on This codec makes it possible to provide services ranging from video on demand to live broadcast 4Kp60/10-bit content on Intel Xeon scalable processors, including the recently launched Intel Xeon Scalable second generation processor.

More information about the SVT-AV1 video codec is available at this link.

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