How PROVISION affects YOU

Improved video compression translates directly into lower requirements for storage space and network speed. Our work would therefore enrich your every-day media experience by enabling you to:

  • Watch high quality video content online without annoying buffering breaks.
  • Record many more precious moments on your mobile devices.
  • Enjoy a whole new generation of immersive formats, such as UltraHD, High Frame Rate (HFR), and High Dynamic Range (HDR) video in good quality.

Furthermore, lower requirements for storage and transmission will allow for content providers to deliver an even larger variety of video entertainment at a much reduced price for you.

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What we want

PROVISION is a network of leading academic and industrial organisations in Europe comprising of international researchers working on the problems plaguing most video coding technologies of the day. The ultimate goal is to make noteworthy technical advances and further improvements to the existing state-of-the-art techniques of compression video material.

The project shall not only aim to enhance broadcast and on-demand video material, but also produce a new generation of scientists equipped with research and soft skills needed by industry, academia and society by large. In line with the principles laid down by Marie Skłodowska-Curie actions of the European Commission, PROVISION is a great example of an ensemble of researchers with varied geographical and academic backgrounds all channelling their joint effort towards creating a technologically, or more specifically a 'visually' better tomorrow.

Our main goals are to:

  • Develop reliable quality metrics that are consistent with the human visual system
  • Decrease the data requirements while increasing the visual quality
  • Make you enjoy the next generation of video content

What does Video Compression mean?

Whenever you watch videos on your TV, your computer, tablet or phone, the video material is compressed to allow you to watch high quality videos. Uncompressed videos would require too much data. Downloading just a few minutes of content would take hours or even days. Video compression can reduce videos to more manageable sizes while maintaining the visual quality.
Digital videos are composed as sequences of pictures, called frames, played in fast succession, i.e. 30 frames per second. To reduce the video size video compression removes redundant information.
There are a lot of pictures you see in only one second. Those individual images vary only slightly and have a lot of similar content. This content doesn’t need to be encoded twice. We can remove similarities and encode only the differences. After all the redundancies are removed, the result takes far less data than the original uncompressed video while maintaining the same quality.

What is Perceptual Video Compression?

The human visual system has many perceptual properties that can be exploited for improving the efficiency of video compression. As an example, we are more sensitive to a certain level of contrast, movement and colour and this information can be exploited by vide encoders. When we watch videos, we do not focus on the whole scene, rather only on small parts.  Modelling our visual attention, video encoders can put emphasis on those parts and use this information in the encoding process. Furthermore, we can use the fact, that we are very familiar with certain kind of textures, like water or leaves. We can recreate these parts instead of encoding them, without the loss in perceptual quality. PROVISION explores all those characteristics, working towards perceptually optimized video compression.

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 608231


PROVISION Initial Training Network

Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute, Einsteinufer 37, 10587 Berlin, Germany