Amendment 1 to ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018 Fixes Issues in the Transport of JPEG 2000

ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018/Amd1:2018 MPEG JPEG 2000

ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018/Amd1:2018 – Amendment 1: Ultra-low latency and 4k and higher resolution support for transport of JPEG 2000 video has been released. As an amendment to ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018: Information technology – Generic coding of moving pictures and associated audio information – Part 1: Systems, it alters the previously agreed upon technical guidelines in the international standard.

The ISO/IEC 13818 series focuses on the MPEG-2 format of video compression (MPEG deriving from the Motion Picture Experts Group, a working group of ISO). MPEG-2 is otherwise known as the “generic coding of moving pictures and associated audio information,” and it is the codec commonly used in DVDs and cable television broadcast.

ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018 deals with the systems layer of the coding, which supports “the synchronization of multiple compressed streams on decoding,” “the interleaving of multiple compressed streams into a single stream,” “the initialization of buffering for decoding start up,” “continuous buffer management,” “time identification,” and “multiplexing and signaling of various components in a system stream.”

You can read more about this standard here: ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018 – Generic coding of moving pictures and associated audio information – Part 1: Systems

Amendment to ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018

ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018/Amd1:2018 fixes interoperability issues in the transport of JPEG 2000 Part 1. Please note that JPEG 2000 is a standard format for image compression, and it was created by the Joint Photographic Experts Group at the turn of the century to replace the common JPEG format for image compression. While offering better compression performance and improved image quality, JPEG 2000 remains wildly underused, certainly when compared to the original JPEG format. However, the international standard ISO/IEC 15444-1:2016 (or Rec. ITU-T T.800) defines the core coding system of this format, with additional standards in the series addressing other concepts.

Amendment 1 to ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018 fixes interoperability issues with JPEG 2000 Part 1 by removing references to Annex M of ISO/IEC 15444-1:2016 (Rec. ITU-T T.800) and updating the definition of the elementary steam header. This makes it self-contained in ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018.

ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018/Amd1:2018 also specifies the use of horizontal, independent JPEG 2000 stripes to add support for JPEG 2000 Ultra-Low Latency (ULL) encoding and transport of professional video, audio, and data over Internet Protocol networks.

In addition, ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018/Amd1:2018 adds a new block mode to support higher resolutions (specifically 4K or higher) of JPEG video images.

Users who need Parts 1, 2, and 3 of the MPEG-2 specification, which together lay out the systems, video, and audio layers of the codec, can acquire all three as the ISO/IEC 13818 Information technology – Generic Coding of Moving Pictures and Audio Information Package (Parts 1 – 3), which also includes this amendment.

ISO/IEC 13818-1:2018/Amd1:2018 – Amendment 1: Ultra-low latency and 4k and higher resolution support for transport of JPEG 2000 video is available on the ANSI Webstore.

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