[AG-TECH] Adams Platform

Osland, CD (Chris) C.D.Osland at rl.ac.uk
Fri Jan 16 08:59:47 CST 2004

Just a thought ...

Many breakthroughs in compression such as ... (I'll leave you to
fill in an appropriate acronym or trade name) neglect to mention
that the effort required to encode usually increases greatly in
order that the highest compression ratios are achieved.  This means
that they are usually not applicable to live video, although can
sometimes work well for 'taped' video, where a thundering great
cluster can munge away for days working wonders on half an hour
of material.

Also, if the originator (and now presumably MWC) want to keep the
system under lock and key, that probably means that the AG community
isn't very interested, as we're after public domain, multi-platform
solutions, IMHO.

OK, it was two thoughts!


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> -----Original Message-----
> From: Markus Buchhorn [mailto:Markus.Buchhorn at anu.edu.au]
> Sent: 16 January 2004 05:17
> To: Jeff Carpenter; ag-tech at mcs.anl.gov
> Subject: Re: [AG-TECH] Adams Platform
> At 09:59 15/01/2004 -0600, Jeff Carpenter wrote:
> >I just read about this on one of my streaming video lists.  
> Has anyone heard of the Adams Platform compression algorithm?
> I think I heard the original flurry of discussion when it 
> first came out, looong time ago.
> >http://web.archive.org/web/19990430015742/http://www.theage.c
> Note that dates back to 1998.
> >Their work is now being backed by a major broadcasting 
> company in Australia and verified and tested by an external 
> entity (Tolly Group).
> >http://www.mediaworld.com.au/mwc/pdf_f/031222MWC_EM_TollyRep.pdf
> That's much more recent (Nov/Dec 2003), part of the due 
> diligence by MWC to buy the technology.
> I know the journalist who wrote the original article above in 
> 1998, so asked him where they were up to. He said they've 
> been tracking them since, and they seem to be very good at 
> promising and capital raising, but not much else has 
> happened. He's still waiting. He wrote an update last October:
> http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2003/10/13/1065917330240.html?f
> rom=storyrhs
> Interesting, MWC is described as a user of the technology. 
> They liked it so much they're buying the company, apparently.
> >If what they claim is true, it would be astounding.
> Indeed, although I note not dis-similar claims from mjpeg2000 
> and h264 and others. This one seems to go a bit lower again 
> though. The 'DVD-like' is at 56kb/s, not at 2400b/s, and we 
> know what people are prepared to call 'DVD-like' :-)
> I'm still looking for a good quantitative measure of video 
> quality, one that takes in resolution, colour depth, frame 
> rate, fractal-ness/rough-ness, etc. of the delivered vs 
> original feed and generates a number: "This video is 18% of 
> broadcast quality" :-)
> Apparently, there will be some product starting to come out 
> from MWC/WAP within the next few months. We'll see....
> Cheers,
>         Markus
> Markus Buchhorn, ANU Internet Futures Group,       |Ph: +61 2 61258810
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