updated 05:05 pm EST, Tue February 2, 2010
Canon intros MPEG-2 Full HD codec ahead of camera
Canon on Tuesday said it would be releasing an MPEG-2 Full HD (4:2:2) file-based recording codec that would debut in an unannounced but upcoming professional video camera from the company. The MPEG-2 Codec would bring with it twice the color resolution of the HDV profile format and be compatible with industry-standard editing and processing software. The codec would also have 50Mbps data recording speeds.
The new format would let users record 1920x1080 HD videos and include the open-source Material eXchange Format (MXF) used by broadcasters to edit recorded content. To make the system widely and quickly accepted, Canon is working with Adobe, Apple, Avid Technology and Grass Valley.
File-based recording, including the one in Canon's new codec, is flexible as it can be used across a wide range of editing software and applications.