The Institute is Europe’s largest application-oriented research organization. Under the terms of the partnership, Fluendo is acquiring Fraunhofer’s H.265 decoder in order to extend HEVC video coding support to its cross-platform multimedia OnePlay suite of solutions.
H.265/MPEG-HEVC is the new compression standard format for HD video playback and Ultra High Definition playback. It is a successor to the H.264/MPEG4-AVC video format. Fraunhofer HHI is one of the main contributors to the HEVC standard, which achieves a 50 percent bitrate reduction compared to H.264, while maintaining the same subjective video quality.
“Supporting HEVC through our solutions is the next logical step for our customers who want the best HD video playback capabilities,” said Muriel Moscardini, CEO of Fluendo. “By adding Fraunhofer’s decoder to Fluendo’s proven multimedia player, OnePlay becomes one of the few media players in the world that is able to support HEVC, which we expect to be the future de facto video format globally.”
Founded in 2004 in Barcelona, Fluendo employs several of the central developers of GStreamer, an Open Source framework for cross-platform software. Fluendo provides a wide range of products under and above GStreamer, including proprietary codecs (together with their respective patent licenses), a streaming server and the Fluendo DVD Player.