JPEG XS, the new image compression standard

VR in the newsroom. Photo: Christian Laukemper, courtesy WAN-IFRA

Following speed issues with virtual reality and 360° videos, the Joint Photographic Experts Group or JPEG introduced a new image compression standard at WAN-IFRA 2019 in Berlin. The new image compression standard that is in the process of being approved as the ISO 21122 standard.
With the new format, the image-compression process uses less energy, and higher-quality images travel with low latency over broadband networks like 5G. JPEG XS has applications in areas such as virtual reality, augmented reality, space imagery, self-driving cars, and professional movie editing. JPEG compression, which has been widely popular over the past 25 years, typically reduces image file sizes by a factor of ten.
The JPEG XS standard compresses files by no more than a factor of six. With the new standard, computers, tablets, or smartphones may be used to project a high-definition movie or a video game onto a large-screen display almost instantaneously. No cables would be required, while the image quality remains high.
The multimedia industry is currently awaiting final approval by ISO’s TC 130 for the ISO 21122 standard. Once obtained, JPEG XS-based products and services can be launched.

The Covid-19 pandemic led to the country-wide lockdown on 25 March 2020. It will be two years tomorrow as I write this. What have we learned in this time? Maybe the meaning of resilience since small companies like us have had to rely on our resources and the forbearance of our employees as we have struggled to produce our trade platforms.

The print and packaging industries have been fortunate, although the commercial printing industry is still to recover. We have learned more about the digital transformation that affects commercial printing and packaging. Ultimately digital will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future.

Web analytics show that we now have readership in North America and Europe amongst the 90 countries where our five platforms reach. Our traffic which more than doubled in 2020, has at times gone up by another 50% in 2021. And advertising which had fallen to pieces in 2020 and 2021, has started its return since January 2022.

As the economy approaches real growth with unevenness and shortages a given, we are looking forward to the PrintPack India exhibition in Greater Noida. We are again appointed to produce the Show Daily on all five days of the show from 26 to 30 May 2022.

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