Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd May 2010 09:41 UTC
Benchmarks Now that Google has opened up VP8, the big question is obviously how it'll hold up to H264. Of course, VP8 already wins by default because it's open source and royalty free, but that doesn't mean we should neglect the quality issue. Jan Ozer from has put up an article comparing the two codecs, and concludes that the differences are negligible - in fact, only in some high-motion videos did H264 win out. As always, this is just one comparison and most certainly anything but conclusive. Update: Another comparison. I can't spot the difference, but then again, I'm no expert.
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RE: Comment by hornett
by Eugenia on Sun 23rd May 2010 11:11 UTC in reply to "Comment by hornett"
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I agree. This test should have been against a well-optimized x264 command line, not a random GUI encoder that has pre-baked options. The reason for this is two fold:

1. The kind of videos people look at mostly, at Youtube & Vimeo, are using these well-optimized command lines to encode (youtube is using a modified x264 version, and Vimeo is using x264 via mencoder AFAIK). Therefore, it's these kinds of videos that will essentially matter on web video. What you and me are encoding at home will always be good enough with either encoder (really, do we need better quality recording our cats sleeping on a couch?), but web broadcasting is where the difference is made. And since these web broadcasting services are always well-optimized, I expect any benchmarking test to try to be as close as possible to the level of these web services.

2. The guy possibly did use the command line to encode to WebM, so why not for h.264 too?

I know that the x264 developer was called biased for his recent blog article that was linked from many places, however, I don't think he was lying. When he said that VP8 is possibly as good only as h.264 Baseline, I think he was truthful in that.

Still, I rather have VP8 (even on my camera, shooting directly to VP8) than have the patent nightmare and ESPECIALLY the crazy licenses for cameras/video-editors surrounding h.264.

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