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The amount of data required to stream video is set to drop by as much as 50 percent thanks to the development of a new H.266/VVC codec by the Fraunhofer Henrich Hertz Institiute (FHHI).

As Tom’s Hardware reports, the new codec was announced this week and brings with it huge gains in terms of quality compared to size. Compared to the existing H.265 codec, H.266 Versatile Video Coding (VVC) can deliver the same quality, but cuts the data requirements by 50 percent. So, for example, a 90-minute 4K video using H.265 is 10GB in size, where as re-encoded with H.266 it will be just 5GB.

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