Vidyo announced that it working with Google to enhance the video quality within WebRTC. The two companies have signed an agreement that is intended to help align the video technology roadmaps of both companies, providing Google with Vidyo’s Scalable Video Coding (SVC) extensions as part of WebRTC. Under the agreement, Vidyo will develop a scalable video extension for the VP9 codec as part of the WebRTC client open source project. The two companies have previously partnered on video technology for Google+ Hangouts using SVC technology with H.264-based video chat.
Commenting in a statement about the partnership, Chee Chew, VP of Engineering at Google said, “Vidyo has been a great partner, working with Google to provide a high quality video solution for Hangouts. By continuing our relationship, we will now combine the power of WebRTC with the benefits of Vidyo’s technology to deliver the best possible experience for our users.”
Ofer Shapiro, co-founder and CEO of Vidyo, added “Google is known for its ability to embrace and promote technological innovations. WebRTC provides a vision of new communications possibilities for video enabled web applications and by leveraging Vidyo’s expertise in SVC, we will jointly create a path to accessible quality video.”
SVC enables error resilience and allows an optimized experience for multi-user video calls, while WebRTC provides the ability to participate in video calls without separate client or plug-in installation. WebRTC with SVC will give web developers access to better video quality coupled with the no-install advantage.
When we followed up with Marty Hollander, Vidyo’s Evangelist and former SVP for Market Development, he noted that while this announcement is not about a specific product, Vidyo use H.264 SVC to support multipoint video conferencing today, and that the company “has other codecs in development including H.265 SVC.“
Our observations: As it exists today, WebRTC multipoint video does not easily scale, so we are encouraged to see Vidyo and Google work together to find a solution. We will continue to follow WebRTC as it evolves into an architecture that can fully support multipoint business collaboration.