Intel Updates Stress Bitstreams and Encoder With HEVC Error Resilience Streams

Intel has just released new video analysis capabilities for the Intel Stress Bitstreams and Encoder (Intel SBE) 2016 R2. The new features provide HEVC Error Resilience streams to test decoders’ ability to support non-compliant or invalid streams, support for HEVC 4:4:4 12-bit, and new VP9 smoke test streams.

The SBE R2 release follows recent Intel Video Pro Analyzer 2016 R2 update - which delivers improved analysis and control of broken HEVC streams, support for HEVC Screen Content Coding (SCC) extensions, and Dual View Mode to assess encoding optimizations - to just name a few of the major enhancements.

Intel plays a big part in innovating media-accelerated hardware and software for the digital service economy with an ecosystem of cloud, communication service and video solution providers. The company also supports a strategy to ramp transitions to HEVC for improved performance, efficiency and quality to help alleviate bandwidth constraints especially in emerging markets.

Top New Features in Intel SBE 2016 R2

  • New HEVC Profiles Support - The R2 release brings new Stress (performance and memory bandwidth) and Syntax (compliance) streams, along with respective extensions in the encoder supporting these range extension profiles: Main 12, Main 4:2:2 up to 12-bit, and 4:4:4 up to 12-bit.
  • HEVC Error Resilience - Access streams to test your decoder for managing broken (non-compliant) HEVC content and to generate custom streams via the Random Encoder to validate for further robustness. If you develop for a VP9 decoder, you can use our VP9 Error Resilience streams, which were delivered in September earlier this year.
Example of Error Resilience stream opened in Intel Video Pro Analyzer

Example of Error Resilience stream opened in Intel Video Pro Analyzer

Example of Error Resilience stream opened in Intel Video Pro Analyzer

  • VP9 Smoke Test Streams - Use streams with a great coverage (100% basic blocks, up to 90% syntax elements), bundled in a significantly smaller package size for much faster test cycles.
  • More Confidence in Coverage with Generating Custom VP9 Streams - This new release adds an ability to define range and step for iterating over syntax element values when you generate test VP9 streams using the Random Encoder. This approach lets you ensure that all required syntax elements values are included in the generated stream to meet the required coverage.
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