Elemental delivers first live 4K HEVC transmission

Osaka Marathon gets global real-time landmark debut.
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Elemental Technologies this week supported the world’s first real-time 4K Ultra HD high-efficiency video coding (H.265 / HEVC) transmission when it streamed the Osaka Marathon. K-Opticom Corporation, a comprehensive telecommunications operator, pioneered the workflow for the historic event and used Elemental video processing to deliver live coverage of the eight-plus-hour race.

Elemental will now showcase a real-time 4K HEVC demonstration in the CTCSP booth (Hall 8, Booth 8301) at Inter BEE in Tokyo, Japan, November 13-15.

“4K and Ultra High Definition will be very important, especially for live sports in the coming years, and HEVC compression will be critical to making 4K cost effective, reach multiscreen devices and not use too much distribution bandwidth,” said Tom Morrod, research director for consumer electronics and video technology at IHS. “With the upcoming World Cup and Winter Olympics, the industry needs successful real-time demonstrations of 4K video delivery and HEVC.”
A subsidiary of the Kansai Electric Power Company, Inc., K-Opticom (K-OPT) provides high-quality fiber optic services for the Kansai Region of Japan, including the prefectures of Kobe, Kyoto and Osaka, which together comprise the second most populated area in Japan after greater Tokyo. Also in support of the event, K-OPT used Elemental video processing to provide live streaming of marathon coverage to PCs, smart phones, tablets and other connected devices. K-OPT was a presenting sponsor of the race.

“This weekend, K-Opticom was proud to help make history with the world’s first real-time 4K HEVC transmission. The stream looked stunning with clear, reliable and very detailed output on Sony 4K televisions,” said Mr. Takao Fujino, President of K-Opticom. “Together, the advanced K-OPT optical fiber network and Elemental’s video processing proved real-time 4K HEVC transmission is now a reality.”

Elemental could hardly have picked more challenging conditions for the trial, with two typhoons heading towards Osake in the hours before the race, but to huge relief all round, the event passed off smoothly.

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