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Forbidden unveils next generation of video codec

By BFN News | 08:47 AM | Monday 23 January, 2017

Forbidden Technologies - the AIM-quoted owner and developer of the market leading cloud video platform Forscene - has announced a new video codec, Blackbird 9. The Blackbird codec allows for the efficient compression and decompression of video for storage, transmission and editing. Forbidden has started the patent protection process for Blackbird 9. The company said: "Video compression lies at the heart of Forbidden's ability to ingest video and edit in the cloud with no latency for editors at low bandwidths. "The continuous improvement of the company's codecs has ensured Forbidden's ability to handle increasing video quality demands over time such as the 4k requirement now vs. historic SD and HD requirements. "Early tests indicate that the first release of the new codec cuts video datarate by around 20% compared with Blackbird 8, while improving colour accuracy and improving picture quality through a better understanding of rotations and an improved motion search. "Compared to the older Blackbird 5 used by Forbidden's professional clients, the improved compression in Blackbird 9 results in a datarate reduction, based on early tests, of approximately 75% compared with Blackbird 5." At 8:47am: (LON:FBT) Forbidden Technologies PLC share price was +0.25p at 10.5p Story provided by

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