Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 25th Sep 2009 22:19 UTC, submitted by clododunord
Multimedia, AV "We are pleased to announce a new stable release of libtheora, the Xiph.org Foundation's reference implementation of the royalty-free Theora video format. This new release, version 1.1, codenamed Thusnelda, incorporates all of the recent encoder improvements we have been making over the past year, though some of the code had its genesis all the way back in 2003. It also brings substantial speed and robustness improvements to the 1.0 decoder." For a more visual run-down of the changes, check out Mozilla's excellent article.
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RE: Comment by kaiwai
by Luis on Sat 26th Sep 2009 10:00 UTC in reply to "Comment by kaiwai"
Luis
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With the new Theora out of the way, I hope they improve Ogg as well because right now it lags behind AAC and MP3 when it comes to quality versus size. If they can over take MP3 but 95% of what AAC can deliver then it'll strike another blow against MP3 and AAC.


MP3 has never been a state-of-the-art audio codec. Just good enough for most people.

Vorbis (the audio codec used mostly in ogg container) has been ahead in quality for years. It was the video that was missing, and with this release I guess that Theora is probably close enough to h.264 (and probably ahead of DivX and the like).

I agree in the plugins/tools thing, though. It is still not easy to encode/decode theora videos with the usual programs.

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