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AV1 is a royalty-free video coding format, which has been designed for video streaming over the internet. It was developed by Alliance for Open Media in 2018 and is going to replace the H.264 video format eventually, due to better compression rate and improved video image quality.


Earlier this year, Netflix started supporting AV1 in its Android app. Now, Microsoft has stated that the company will also start supporting AV1 on Windows 10 devices. To know more, continue reading further.


Hardware accelerated AV1 video streaming support coming to Windows 10


Alliance for Media (AOMedia) is a group of companies, joined in a venture to create next-generation open-source Digital Media Technology for everyone. In 2018, the alliance developed a royalty-free video coding format "AV1" that supports better compression technology and improves video image quality while transmitting over the internet.


According to the research, the hardware-accelerated AV1 video format can reach 50% better compression than the H.264 video format and 20% better than VP9 for the same video content.


Microsoft is now ready to bring the AV1 support to Windows 10 on the next-generation hardware. "This fall, Microsoft’s hardware partners are rolling out hardware-accelerated AV1 video support on new Windows 10 systems with the latest GPUs", Microsoft said.



Unfortunately, the hardware-accelerated AV1 encoder support will currently remain exclusive to new devices that have 11th Gen Intel Core processors with Intel Iris Xe Graphics, or NVIDIA GeForce RTX 30 Series GPUs, or AMD Radeon™ RX 6000 Series Graphics. You should be running the latest Windows 10 build 1909 or later, and a web browser or other application with hardware acceleration support for AV1.


Microsoft also states that you may need to update your graphics driver from time to time to get the latest features and improvements. Once you have those pieces in place, you will see the benefits of hardware-accelerated AV1 video as streaming services roll out more video content encoded with AV1.


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