Terms of reference for the “Joint Video Exploration Team” (JVET)

between ITU-T Study Group 16 Question 6/16 (VQEG) and ISO/IEC JTC1 SC29 WG11 (MPEG)

ITU-T VCEG (Q6/16) and ISO/IEC MPEG (JTC 1/SC 29/WG 11) are both studying the potential need for standardization of future video coding technology with a compression capability that significantly exceeds that of the current HEVC standard (including its current extensions and near-term extensions for screen content coding and high dynamic-range coding). Such future standardization action could either take the form of additional extension(s) of HEVC or an entirely new standard. While the consideration of future work in this area involves both the study of application requirements and an assessment of the current state of technology R&D to meet the requirements, both groups intend to create an Exploration Team to jointly evaluate compression technology designs proposed by their experts in this area. The plan is for the Exploration Team to begin meeting together during 19-21 October 2015. Each organization will nominate a representative who is responsible to organize the work according to the guidelines below, together with the representative of the other organization.

To avoid duplication of efforts, the following collaboration principles are suggested to be applied for this early stage of technology exploration activity (to the maximum extent feasible):

Some discussions of requirements and potential project planning will be conducted with the format currently used in joint MPEG-VCEG meetings, each group retaining its own decision-making authority for establishing its requirements and project plans until agreed otherwise. Given sufficient convergence of requirements and evidence of feasibility, a Call for Proposals is likely to be issued by one or both organizations prior to starting formal standardization work. Prior to finalizing the plans for such a call, joint discussions will be held by the two organizations to consider whether it is appropriate for a Call to be issued jointly and to consider allocating the subsequent technical standard development work to a joint collaborative team for developing the text of the resulting standard.