Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 12th Dec 2007 05:56 UTC
Benchmarks A lot was said lately about the Vorbis/Theora vs h.264/AAC situation on the draft of the HTML5. As some of you know, video is my main hobby these days (I care not about operating systems anymore), so I have gain some experience on the field lately, and at the same time this has made me more demanding about video quality. Read on for a head to head test: OGG Theora/Vorbis vs MP4 h.264/AAC. Yup, with videos. And pictures.
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MPEG4 in general, H.264 specifically.
by nevali on Wed 12th Dec 2007 19:26 UTC
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I've personally settled on H.264, but that's more because this is an Apple house (I've about 200GB of H.264-encoded video, largely because it's easily transportable between iPods, Apple TVs and so forth).

By the looks of things, everything's moving to H.264, until the next big thing comes along. Flash now officially supports H.264 (which means eventually FLV will die) and if I remember Adobe's developers words correctly it's now the preferred video format. Apple has been pushing it since Tiger was released, and of course all of their devices support it. Sony love MPEG4 in general, and H.264 specifically. (all of their phones, not to mention the PSP—maybe the PS3 too?—support it), as do the 3GPP and all of the people building next-generation broadcast systems. It was designed to be the universal video codec, and it seems to be finding its footing being just that.

I'm not too keen on the patent side of it, but in all honesty ubiquity wins out.

To the earlier commenter regarding why YouTube didn't just encode everything as WMV: Flash's browser's penetration hovers around 92-95% in general; WMV support is lower down the list, especially in browsers other than IE (although it's better now, playing Windows Media in Firefox used to be a bitch). Also, using Windows Media doesn't give you any provision for advertisements and overlays and such, whereas with Flash you get the control.

As it turns out, as others have said, YouTube/Google's deal with Apple means that lots of H.264 video is being created in the wild. Now that Flash supports it natively, I doubt it'll be too long before we see it as desktop (rather than Apple device) users.

Edited 2007-12-12 19:27

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