A Technical Overview of VP9

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Dear Friends,

I am pleased to let you know that our next meetup will be a joint event with the IEEE Computer Society, Santa Clara Valley Chapter. We will get a talk on VP9 compression technology from Debargha Mukherjee of Google. This is your chance to learn about VP9 from its creators. Look forward to seeing you at this event.


6:00-6:15pm - Networking + pizzas + drinks

6:15-7:05pm - A Technical Overview of VP9: The next generation royalty-free video codec from Google - Debargha Mukherjee - Google Inc.

Best Wishes

Amit Mookerjee

A Technical Overview of VP9: The next generation royalty-free video codec from Google

Google has recently finalized a next generation open-source video codec called VP9, as part of the libvpx repository of the WebM project ( http://www.webmproject.org/ ). Starting from the VP8 video codec released by Google in 2010 as the baseline, many enhancements and new tools were added, resulting in the next-generation bit-stream VP9 that was finalized in June 2013. The open-source project has since moved to the next phase - namely efficient implementation of the encoder and decoder for various use-cases. The talk will introduce attendees to the coding tools included in VP9 along with the rationale for their inclusion. Coding results comparing VP9 to other state-of-the-art video codecs - H.264/AVC and HEVC - on standard test sets will also be provided. Further, the talk will provide pointers on how interested parties can be involved with the WebM project and contribute either to the master VP9 branch or a divergent experimental branch that can hopefully become a future-generation codec.

Debargha Mukherjee received the MS and PhD degrees in ECE from the University of California Santa Barbara in 1995 and 1999, respectively. Between 1999 and 2010 he was in Hewlett Packard Laboratories conducting research on video and image coding and processing. Since 2010 he has been with Google Inc., where he is currently involved with open-source video codec development. Prior to that he was responsible for video quality control and 2D to 3D conversion on YouTube. Debargha's interests are in signal/image processing, image and video compression, and information theory. He has authored/co-authored more than 75 papers on these topics, and holds more than 20 US patents, with several more pending. He was a student paper award winner at IEEE ICIP in 1998, and a keynote speaker at the SPIE Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference, and the CVPR 3D Cinematography workshop, both in 2012, to talk about YouTube's 2d to 3D conversion service. He currently serves as Associate Editors of the IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, and the SPIE Journal of Electronic Imaging.