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JPEG XL next-generation image compression architecture and coding tools

Jyrki Alakuijala
Ruud van Asseldonk
Moritz Firsching
Thomas Fischbacher
Sebastian Gomez
Evgenii Kliuchnikov
Robert Obryk
Krzysztof Potempa
Alexander Rhatushnyak
Jon Sneyers
Zoltan Szabadka
Luca Versari
SPIE Applications of Digital Image Processing, SPIE (2019)


An update on the JPEG XL standardization effort: JPEG XL is a practical approach focused on scalable web distribution and efficient compression of high-quality images. It will provide various benefits compared to existing image formats: significantly smaller size at equivalent subjective quality; fast, parallelizable decoding and encoding configurations; features such as progressive, lossless, animation, and reversible transcoding of existing JPEG; support for high-quality applications including wide gamut, higher resolution/bit depth/dynamic range, and visually lossless coding. Additionally, a royalty-free baseline is an important goal. The JPEG XL architecture is traditional block-transform coding with upgrades to each component. We describe these components and analyze decoded image quality.