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MPEG-2 Video / H.261

MPEG-2 (ISO/IEC 13818) is a standard from the Motion Pictures Expert Group, which defines a series of standards for compression support for TV quality transmission of digital video. The Video part (ISO/IEC 13818-2) of MPEG-2 is similar to MPEG-1, but also provides support for interlaced video (the format used by analog broadcast TV systems). MPEG-2 video is not optimized for low bit-rates (less than 1 Mbit/s), but outperforms MPEG-1 at 3 Mbit/s and above.


Overview of MPEG-2 Test Model 5

This document contains modified chapters from the original (now outdated) Test Model 5 document that pertain to MPEG-2 Video Main Profile.

http://www.mpeg.org/MSSG/tm5/

         

Posted in July 2nd, 2007

H.261 : Video codec for audiovisual services at p x 64 kbit/s

ITU-T recommendation H.261. Approved in March 1993.

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http://www.itu.int/rec/T-REC-H.261/e

         

Posted in July 2nd, 2007

Xine

Xine is a free gpl-licensed video player for unix-like systems. It plays mpeg-2 and mpeg-1 system (audio + video multiplexed) streams,
mpeg elementary streams (audio/video only, e.g. mp3 files) and
AVI files (using win32 codec dlls). Xine plays the video and audio data of the stream and synchronizes the playback of both. Depending on the properties of the stream, playback will need more or less processor power, full frame rate for mpeg-2 has been seen on a 400 MHz P II system.

Xine is on 1.1.7 as of June, 2007.

http://xinehq.de/

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Posted in June 30th, 2007

WinMPG Video Convert

This is another Swiss-Army Knife converter, letting you move back and forth between AVI, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, DivX, and SVCD formats.

Version 6.7 is shipping as of June, 2007.

http://www.winmpg.com/

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Posted in June 30th, 2007

VLC - the cross-platform media player

VLC is an Open Source multimedia player that supports your usual mix of audio and video formats. Support is currently included for MPEG-1, -2, -4, h.264, mp3, ogg and more. The site includes precompiled binaries for a really nice range of platforms, including Windows, Mac OS X, varios Linux flavors, and even BeOS!

Version 0.8.6 of this player is shipping as of June, 2007.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Posted in June 30th, 2007

Gspot Codec Information Appliance

GSpot identifies presence or absence of “B-VOP”, “Qpel”, and “GMC”, thus allowing the user to determine if a DivX5 file is compatible with KISS and other popular hardware DivX players. Provides information about MPEG1 or MPEG2 video and/or MPEG1 or MPEG2 audio either as “elementary” streams or multiplexed into an MPEG1 “system stream” or an MPEG2 “program stream”. Limited support for MPEG4 video when contained in an AVI stream, such as DivX5.

Version 2.7a is shipping as of February, 2007.

http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

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Posted in June 30th, 2007

The MPEG home page

An impressive set of links to papers, schedules, articles, and contacts for MPEG. Clearly the place to go for information relating to the standardization process.

http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/

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Posted in May 15th, 2004

An analyzer for MPEG 2 Program Stream files

This Code Project article describes a program that breaks down and analyzes MPEG-2 steams.

http://codeproject.com/useritems/Program_Stream_Analyzer.asp

         

Posted in April 25th, 2004

A C# MPEG1 Image Compression Class

Mike Donovan’s C# class to convert an image to an MPEG-1 I frame.

http://www.codeproject.com/cs/media/MPEGFunction.asp

         

Posted in January 26th, 2004

GPL MPEG-1/2 DirectShow Decoder Filter

GPL MPEG-1/2 Decoder is a free DirectShow MPEG decoder filter. It can be used to play MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 streams in any media player based on DirectShow. In addition, it can be used as DVD decoder for unencrypted discs.

http://sourceforge.net/projects/gplmpgdec/

         

Posted in January 18th, 2004

libdvbpsi

This nice little library is designed to perform the
decoding and generation of all Program Specific
Information in MPEG-2 TS and DVB streams. The project
says that it currently supports the Program Association
Table in MPEG-2 and the Program Map Table in MPEG-2.

http://developers.videolan.org/libdvbpsi/index.html

         

Posted in August 2nd, 2003

AVI to MPEG Converter

This Win32 program will convert your AVI files to various MPEG file types. There is a free version which limits conversions to MPEG-1. The commercial version supports MPEG-2 and various extensions.

http://www.jhepple.com/avi_to_mpeg_converter.htm

         

Posted in July 31st, 2003

The MPEG Industry Forum

Stated objective: To further the adoption of the MPEG-4 Standard, by establishing MPEG-4 as an accepted and widely used standard among application developers, service providers, content creators and end users..

Update: This group has now changed it’s name to The MPEG Industry Forum, and have expanded their charter to include all emerging MPEG standards. For right now that includes MPEG-7 and MPEG-21, but we’re not ruling out anything in the future.

http://www.m4if.org/

         

Posted in July 17th, 2003

MagicEyes MMSP-2

The MMSP-2 chip has been developed by MagicEyes for use in consumer products. It can decode MPEG-1, -2, and -4 as well as various audio codecs. While you’re asking, yes, it has an LCD controller, a Poly Wavetable sound synthesizer, and more.

http://www.mesdigital.com/Products/product_mmsp2.asp

         

Posted in April 17th, 2003

MPEG : Standards, Technology and Applications

A nice tutorial on MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 by Shanawaz Basith. Includes some links at the end.

http://www.doc.ic.ac.uk/~nd/surprise_96/journal/vol2/sab/article2.html

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Posted in April 3rd, 2003

MPEG-2 Video Compression

A tutorial by P.N. Tudor on the BBC web site. Gets right down into the nitty-gritty, stay away if you have math-phobia.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/rd/pubs/papers/paper_14/paper_14.html

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Posted in April 3rd, 2003

Toshiba licensing MPEG-2 Codec

EETimes has an article about this new single-chip MEPG-2 codec built around Toshiba’s Media Embedded Processor architecture.

http://www.eetimes.com/story/OEG20020515S0040

         

Posted in May 25th, 2002

Wikipedia entry: MPEG-1

This Wikipedia entry describes the MPEG-1 standard. Very sparse.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-1

         

Posted in January 27th, 2002

Wikipedia entry: MPEG-2

This Wikipedia entry describes the MPEG-2 standard, the version of MPEG used to encode movies on DVD. Not too much information here, although it does enumerate the standards documents that collectively define MPEG-2.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-2

         

Posted in January 27th, 2002

mpeg2dec - a free MPEG-2 video stream decoder

A GPL product, with the following description from the site:


mpeg2dec is an mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 video decoder. It is purposely kept simple : it does not include features like reading files from a DVD, output picture scaling, audio decoding, synchronisation, etc… The main purpose of mpeg2dec is to have a simple test bed for libmpeg2. mpeg2dec also includes a demultiplexer for mpeg-1 and mpeg-2 program streams, and output routines for a variety of different interfaces.

http://libmpeg2.sourceforge.net/

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Posted in January 1st, 2002

Realtime MPEG Video via Software Decompression on a PA-RISC Processor

According to the abstract, this is the first paper to describe realtime decompression of an MPEG stream at 30 fps. It’s timestamped 9/98, but I believe the paper was published in 1994.

http://www.ee.princeton.edu/~rblee/HPpapers/compcon_mpeg.pdf

         

Posted in August 25th, 2001

MPEG-1 Description

A short description of the MPEG-1 standard from the official site.

http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/standards/mpeg-1/mpeg-1.htm

         

Posted in August 25th, 2001

MPEG-2 Description

A short description of the MPEG-2 standard from the official site. Brief, but includes some nice pictures an words.

http://www.chiariglione.org/mpeg/standards/mpeg-2/mpeg-2.htm

         

Posted in August 25th, 2001

Stream Machines Selling MPEG-2 Chip

Stream Machines is selling a dedicate chip that will decode MPEG-1, -2, and -3, along with MP3 and other standards. The chip will be roughly $35 in quantity.

http://www.eet.com/story/OEG20010515S0052

         

Posted in May 16th, 2001

Bilddatenkompression/Image Data Compression

Subtitled Basics, Standards and Wavelet-Based Algorithms for Image and Video Coding. This German-language textbook contains full source code (ANSI-C) of a wavelet-based image coder.

http://www-nt.e-technik.uni-rostock.de/~ts/Buch/book.html

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Posted in January 4th, 2001

H.261 Video Coding

Peter Cherriman’s page on H.261 coding, includes information, pointers, and a couple of demo sequences.

http://rice.ecs.soton.ac.uk/peter/h261/h261.html

         

Posted in July 4th, 2000

Tiernan Communications, Inc.

These folks sell a couple of boxes that do MPEG-2 encoding. Looks like they are oriented towards the video broadcasting business.

http://www.tiernan.com/

         

Posted in June 3rd, 2000

Integrating the MPEG-2 subsystem for digital television

An IBM research paper. The title pretty much says it all.

http://www.research.ibm.com/journal/rd/426/anderson.html

         

Posted in June 3rd, 2000

Free MPEG Software!

Lots of links to free software from the MPEG Simulation Group.

http://www.mpeg.org/MPEG/MSSG/

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Posted in February 13th, 2000

MPEG LA

This company is the licensing authority created by the owners of the most or all of the patents related to MPEG. Apparently they have the authority to provide one-stop shopping for your royalty arrangements.

http://www.mpegla.com/

         

Posted in January 23rd, 2000