The .jpegxs option for .edge officially launched at IBC 2023.
Lawo has partnered with intoPIX, the provider of compression technology, to introduce support for the intoPIX TICO-XS codec within the .edge platform. Users of Lawo’s .edge Hyper-Density SDI/IP Conversion and Routing Platform can now encode and decode JPEG XS-compressed streams, supporting HD, 3G, and UHD video-format resolutions.
This addition of lossless JPEG XS compression technology enables Lawo’s .edge platform users to encode, process, and decode compressed SMPTE ST2110-22 IP streams, enhancing the flexibility of content creation for broadcasters. The .jpegxs option for .edge is part of Lawo’s software-licensable infrastructure strategy, enabling encoding and decoding of JPEG XS directly at the IP network’s edge. This eliminates the need to send uncompressed streams to a processor located elsewhere on the SMPTE ST2110-based IP network, resulting in bandwidth savings. The .jpegxs option for .edge officially launched at IBC 2023.
JPEG XS offers broadcast-grade compression ratios of up to 30:1, making it well-suited for WAN-based IP networks with limited bandwidth, where the number of camera feeds and video streams continues to grow. This technology, specified in ISO/IEC 21122, provides visually lossless quality with sub-millisecond (<1 video frame) delay, making it suitable for latency-critical applications such as live remote event productions over wide-area networks.
Speaking about the collaboration, Katty Van Mele, Director of Business Development at intoPIX, said: “intoPIX’s JPEG XS content production codec is a lightweight image coding system that processes video at the microsecond level. Real-world testing confirms that compression ratios in the range of 4:1 to 12:1 can deliver lossless video quality while considerably reducing bandwidth consumption.”
Phil Myers, Chief Technology Officer at Lawo, added: “For Lawo, support of JPEG XS has become essential to give operators the flexibility to maximize their bandwidth usage. Increasingly, IP signals travel from one remote location to two or more destinations—and sometimes even back. This would require 100GbE or higher fiber-optic bandwidths for uncompressed signals, which comes at an increased bandwidth cost. With the .jpegxs option, Lawo’s .edge Hyper-Density SDI/IP Conversion and Routing Platform natively supports JPEG XS input and output right next to the source or destination. JPEG XS-compressed streams can be processed by our HOME Apps as they have JPEG XS native support built into their DNA.”