Linked by Kroc Camen on Fri 1st Jan 2010 15:36 UTC
Opera Software HTML5 Video is coming to Opera 10.5. Yesterday (or technically, last year--happy new year readers!) Opera released a new alpha build containing a preview of their HTML5 Video support. There's a number of details to note, not least that this is still an early alpha...
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RE[4]: Comment by cerbie
by darknexus on Sun 3rd Jan 2010 09:49 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by cerbie"
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It depends on what one means by the word "performance." If you mean video quality and encoding speed, then yes I'd say Theora 1.1 and H.264 seem to be just about even. When H.264 jumps ahead though is decoding performance, and the reason is simple. There are video accelerator chips for H.264, and at the moment there are none for Theora. It's sort of a catch 22 situation: there are no accelerator chips for Theora so we won't see any major content producers use it, but until one of them does start using it there won't be any demand for accelerators. Right now, all Theora decoding is done in software by the CPU. It's not an issue on desktops or set top boxes, but on laptops and portable devices it's a mother of a battery guzzler. To be fair, so is H.264 without hardware video acceleration, but that makes little difference to content producers and providers. Currently, H.264 delivers in a huge area where Theora does not, and if I had to bet on a codec that eventually replaces H.264 over licensing I'd bet on VP8 or whatever Google ends up naming it and not Theora. I can only say one thing for certain: next year is going to be very interesting in this area.

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