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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"I see lots of people talking about wanting choice, but this isn't giving choice. Leaving both options in place would be giving choice...

Apple has the choice of including support for an open standard.

Calling YouTube switching to an open, royalty-free standard lockin or choice-limiting is the most ridiculous amount of spin I've ever heard in this debate.

And I read DaringFireball, so that says a lot.

How do you figure that? They can support the codec without hardware acceleration and the iPhone gets horrid battery life playing YouTube stuff, or they reprogram the DAC to give VP8 hardware acceleration and the iPhone's battery goes into meltdown playing content from the iTunes store. Are you THAT one eye'd? Honestly? I'm not the one putting spin on this buddy, for that you need to just look at into the mirror. Irrespective of the openness of VP8 this is categorically a case of someone abusing their market position to force a market's direction. Only a few weeks ago you were wanting Theora to be the standard, now VP8, so I ask you this, how much chance does a codec like Theora have with Google doing this? So it's NOT about choice at all.

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