Codec viewpoint from Streaming Media Europe 2001

Last year the show’s emphasis was on MPEG video over broadband – MPEG is used in television at 2.5Mbit/s. Since then, broadband has borne the brunt of the carnage in the telecoms sector. An article reflecting the mood of the time stated “[For MPEG4] the speed of 64kbit/s is the lowest possible rate for video communication, representing 10 to 15 frames/s for a resolution of 176×144 pixels”. The same figures were quoted this year – too high for narrowband services such as modems and 2.5G mobile telecoms which will dominate the market for the foreseeable future. Forbidden Technologies provides video solutions over these narrowband links with large pictures (376×280 pixels) and high frame rates (25 frames/s).