March 13, 2020
New MPEG codecs are expected to arrive by the end of the year. What will they do for filmmakers?
The Moving Pictures Expert Group (MPEG) plans to launch 3 different codecs in 2020, its last being HEVC (H.265/MPEG-H) back in 2013. Prior to that, AVC (H.264/MPEG-4 AVC) was launched in 2003. Both codecs have become an intricate part of image capture and final delivery.
Since then, Apple has released ProRes in 2007 and ProRes RAW in 2018. Not to be left out, we are all familiar with the available RAW or wide color gamut formats from ARRI, Blackmagic Design, Canon, RED, Sony, and others. These are generally preferred by filmmakers for a variety of reasons including the versatility in color grading.