TOFu TV was a Eureka Eurostars project (E!8307). It studied the upcoming generation of Television, including 4K videos, HEVC coding and transcoding, quality and colour spaces management, stream security and new services for the users.

It started in October 2013 for 24 months.

 

Partners:

Ektacom, France, SME, Coordinator

EKTACOM is a French SME specialised in Digital Video since 2000. The company started as a solutions provider with Large Digitisation Platforms (INA), Streaming and VoD (European Parliamenent, France Television, Eurosport, ...), Recorind devices for Simulations etc.

Mastering key technologies for Video (aquisition, streaming, storage, replay, transcoding ...), EKTACOM now offres a wide range of products and operates its own cloud platform since 2007. This platform sends hundreds of TV channels from Europe to the overseas around the globe and to the company's customers as turnkey services.

The goal for EKTACOM in TOFu TV is to prepare the transition to the future Digital Terrestrial Television. This includes transcoding from H.264 AVC to HEVC and from HEVC to H.264 AVC (set-top-boxes backward compatibility), exploring the potential of second screen applications... EKTACOM is also the project coordinator and is in charge of the final integration.

 

EPFL, Switzerland, University

EPFL participation to this project is from the Multimedia Signal Processing Group headed by Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi, which is active in research and teaching in the field of visual information processing and coding. The research topics span through three highly interconnected disciplines of imaging: image and video compression, evaluations of visual quality and quality of experience and metrics, high dynamic range imaging, and video analysis. In addition, the team is very active in standardization activities MPEG-4, MPEG-7 and MPEG-21, HEVC, as well as JPEG 2000 and JPEG-HDR, where it contributes both at the technical and leadership levels.

EPFL will lead WP4, develop evaluation methodologies of focus of attention model and visual quality of UHD content, provide environment for subjective evaluations of visual quality and immersive experience, design and evaluate objective metrics, participate in psycho-visual measurements, contribute into design of the new transcoding scheme, algorithm, and standards for UHD images and video. 

 

IMT, France, University

The Institut Mines-Telecom is made up of prestigious French Grandes Ecoles in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including TELECOM ParisTech, TELECOM SudParis, TELECOM Business school, TELECOM Bretagne, along with two subsidiaries, TELECOM Lille 1 and EURECOM and two associate schools, ENSPS and TELECOM Saint-Etienne. Its mission is to provide higher education and research in ICT. It has about 600 research staff, 700 PhD students and research teams covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, from fundamental technologies, information processing, networks, computing and software to economic, social, and legal issues. With the competitiveness clusters created in France in 2005, the Institut Mines-Telecom has stepped up its regional partnership efforts with major corporations, SMEs and university laboratories: it is a partner to several competitiveness hubs as System@TIC, Cap Digital Paris Region, Images & networks, Secured Communicating Solutions…

 

IMT's contributions in TOFu TV include:
- Contribute to the development of innovative algorithms for transcoding between H.264/AVC and HEVC.
- Assess the visual quality of the proposed transcoding solution. Explore the use of quality metrics in order to optimize transcoding.
- Lead WP7 on Dissemination and Exploitation.

 

 

 

intoPIX, Belgium, SME

Founded in 2005, intoPIX is an independent image technology company which benefits from world-class expertise and knowledge in image processing & compression, cryptography and micro-electronics. 

intoPIX enables its customers with leading-edge video and image compression, security and hardware enforcement IP-cores for audiovisual markets. Their implementation in the latest generation of FPGA & ASIC chips provide today’s highest quality, most flexible and cost effective handling tools for high throughput data streams. intoPIX wide range of IP-Cores features compression cores such as JPEG 2000 encoders and decoders, video and network interfaces, multimedia and encryption functions, memory controllers, and more.

intoPIX will lead WP3, will participate in all R&D Workpackages  except WP 5 for designing new transcoding scheme, algorithm, and standards for video transcoding (mainly from and to JPEG2000) including color  and security management. 

 

Multitel, Belgium, Research Institute

Multitel is a Belgian private, non-profit research centre, leading applied research and development activities for industry leaders, SMEs and spin-off companies. Multitel is a distinguished multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence with a fully independent legal status. The centre is a strategic partner to the industry for the development of know-how and innovation for a variety of technical domains including Photonics, Networking, Speech, Signal and Image Processing. Moreover Multitel is a technology transfer medium and founded five spinoff companies.

 

 

In TOFu-TV, Multitel brings its experience in video-based research studies and prototype building. Multitel is involved in most of technical topics raised by the project, from system/scenario specifications to video processing algorithms developments and tests and validation. Practically speaking, Multitel develops the new services algorithms for automatic indexing of TV content, and especially coordinates the work of partners on the second screen application based on text detection of live news TV channel.

 

 

The goal of Multitel in TOFu-TV is to gain some expertise in the automatic indexing of TV content and more specifically in the text detection topic, and to valorize it in the project (multimedia/broadcasting) market, as well as to identify different applications e.g. in the machine vision or surveillance markets.

 

 

 

 

Vitec, France, SME

VITEC is a leader in digital video technology and is developing and manufacturing original multimedia products at the point where micro-computing and video technology meet. Vitec is very well experienced in MPEG-digital video technology. The whole VITEC’s business has been MPEG and only MPEG for more than 20 years. VITEC has a full range of MPEG products.

VITEC will participate in all R&D Workpackages. VITEC main activity in WP3 will consist in the study and development of an efficient HEVC encoder, to be integrated with the partners developments in WP6.

 

 

TOFu TV is a Eurostars project:

 

TOFu TV is a Eureka Eurostars project (E!8307). It will study the next generation of Television, including 4K videos, HEVC coding and transcoding, quality and colour spaces management, stream security and new services for the users.

It started in October 2013 for 24 months.

This website was initiated on October 22d, 2013 and will soon be updated with details on the project.

Partners:
Ektacom, France, SME, Coordinator

EKTACOM is a French SME specialised in Digital Video since 2000. The company started as a solutions provider with Large Digitisation Platforms (INA), Streaming and VoD (European Parliamenent, France Television, Eurosport, ...), Recorind devices for Simulations etc.

Mastering key technologies for Video (aquisition, streaming, storage, replay, transcoding ...), EKTACOM now offres a wide range of products and operates its own cloud platform since 2007. This platform sends hundreds of TV channels from Europe to the overseas around the globe and to the company's customers as turnkey services.

The goal for EKTACOM in TOFu TV is to prepare the transition to the future Digital Terrestrial Television. This includes transcoding from H.264 AVC to HEVC and from HEVC to H.264 AVC (set-top-boxes backward compatibility), exploring the potential of second screen applications... EKTACOM is also the project coordinator and is in charge of the final integration.
EPFL, Switzerland, University

EPFL participation to this project is from the Multimedia Signal Processing Group headed by Prof. Touradj Ebrahimi, which is active in research and teaching in the field of visual information processing and coding. The research topics span through three highly interconnected disciplines of imaging: image and video compression, evaluations of visual quality and quality of experience and metrics, high dynamic range imaging, and video analysis. In addition, the team is very active in standardization activities MPEG-4, MPEG-7 and MPEG-21, HEVC, as well as JPEG 2000 and JPEG-HDR, where it contributes both at the technical and leadership levels.

EPFL will lead WP4, develop evaluation methodologies of focus of attention model and visual quality of UHD content, provide environment for subjective evaluations of visual quality and immersive experience, design and evaluate objective metrics, participate in psycho-visual measurements, contribute into design of the new transcoding scheme, algorithm, and standards for UHD images and video.
IMT, France, University

The Institut Mines-Telecom is made up of prestigious French Grandes Ecoles in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT), including TELECOM ParisTech, TELECOM SudParis, TELECOM Business school, TELECOM Bretagne, along with two subsidiaries, TELECOM Lille 1 and EURECOM and two associate schools, ENSPS and TELECOM Saint-Etienne. Its mission is to provide higher education and research in ICT. It has about 600 research staff, 700 PhD students and research teams covering a broad spectrum of disciplines, from fundamental technologies, information processing, networks, computing and software to economic, social, and legal issues. With the competitiveness clusters created in France in 2005, the Institut Mines-Telecom has stepped up its regional partnership efforts with major corporations, SMEs and university laboratories: it is a partner to several competitiveness hubs as System@TIC, Cap Digital Paris Region, Images & networks, Secured Communicating Solutions…

IMT's contributions in TOFu TV include:

- Contribute to the development of innovative algorithms for transcoding between H.264/AVC and HEVC.

- Assess the visual quality of the proposed transcoding solution. Explore the use of quality metrics in order to optimize transcoding.

- Lead WP7 on Dissemination and Exploitation.
intoPIX, Belgium, SME

Founded in 2005, intoPIX is an independent image technology company which benefits from world-class expertise and knowledge in image processing & compression, cryptography and micro-electronics.

intoPIX enables its customers with leading-edge video and image compression, security and hardware enforcement IP-cores for audiovisual markets. Their implementation in the latest generation of FPGA & ASIC chips provide today’s highest quality, most flexible and cost effective handling tools for high throughput data streams. intoPIX wide range of IP-Cores features compression cores such as JPEG 2000 encoders and decoders, video and network interfaces, multimedia and encryption functions, memory controllers, and more.

intoPIX will lead WP3, will participate in all R&D Workpackages except WP 5 for designing new transcoding scheme, algorithm, and standards for video transcoding (mainly from and to JPEG2000) including color and security management.
Multitel, Belgium, Research Institute

Multitel is a Belgian private, non-profit research centre, leading applied research and development activities for industry leaders, SMEs and spin-off companies. Multitel is a distinguished multidisciplinary Centre of Excellence with a fully independent legal status. The centre is a strategic partner to the industry for the development of know-how and innovation for a variety of technical domains including Photonics, Networking, Speech, Signal and Image Processing. Moreover Multitel is a technology transfer medium and founded five spinoff companies.

In TOFu-TV, Multitel brings its experience in video-based research studies and prototype building. Multitel is involved in most of technical topics raised by the project, from system/scenario specifications to video processing algorithms developments and tests and validation. Practically speaking, Multitel develops the new services algorithms for automatic indexing of TV content, and especially coordinates the work of partners on the second screen application based on text detection of live news TV channel.

The goal of Multitel in TOFu-TV is to gain some expertise in the automatic indexing of TV content and more specifically in the text detection topic, and to valorize it in the project (multimedia/broadcasting) market, as well as to identify different applications e.g. in the machine vision or surveillance markets.
Vitec, France, SME

VITEC is a leader in digital video technology and is developing and manufacturing original multimedia products at the point where micro-computing and video technology meet. Vitec is very well experienced in MPEG-digital video technology. The whole VITEC’s business has been MPEG and only MPEG for more than 20 years. VITEC has a full range of MPEG products.

VITEC will participate in all R&D Workpackages. VITEC main activity in WP3 will consist in the study and development of an efficient HEVC encoder, to be integrated with the partners developments in WP6.

TOFu TV is a Eurostars project:
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Eurostars-Eureka project E!8307