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Neurobiology and Video Compression

Neurobiology meets video compression. This is starting to feel a little like something out of Neuromancer.

In the video above, Motorola Technical Fellow Dr. Sean McCarthy explains how the company is using concepts from the science of neurobiology to improve compression technology. Dr. McCarthy hails originally from UC Berkeley where he studied the human visual system and how light gets turned into perception in the brain. He’s now taken that research to Motorola where it’s being integrated with video encoding technology in the form of a perceptual video processor plug-in board. What’s a perceptual video processor plug-in board you say? Take a listen to the video. Bottom line: it improves compression by defining important visual elements in a video scene. Kind of a new human element for video encoders.

Dr. McCarthy is presenting on perceptual video processing at NAB in Vegas this week. But if you can’t make it there, you can still hear what Dr. McCarthy has to say here.

2 Responses

  1. […] in the spring I posted a video of Motorola Technical Fellow Dr. Sean McCarthy discussing┬áthe concept of perceptual video processing (PVP). A PVP plug-in is used in Motorola’s next-gen encoding platform to improve compression […]

  2. […] Content Committee and the MPEG IF’s 3D Working Group. The project was led by Motorola’s own Dr. Sean McCarthy, and the resulting document is quite thorough in its coverage of 3D terminology. The glossary will […]

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