Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Sep 2010 23:04 UTC
Google A few months ago, Google open sourced the VP8 video codec as part of the WebM video project, to create a truly Free/free unencumbered video format for the web as an answer to the non-Free/free patent-encumbered H264 format. Today, Google launched a new image format for the web, WebP, which aims to significantly reduce the file size of photos and images on the web.
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RE[3]: Comment by mercury
by umccullough on Fri 1st Oct 2010 20:49 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by mercury"
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By "Wasn't as obvious" you mean "wasn't there"? I think you guys are succumbing to the audiophile effect ("yeah, it definitely has more clarity and depth").

If I flick between them there is zero visible difference. I checked in matlab and the difference is really really really small (actually over half the pixels are identical).

Well, yeah - it wasn't visible enough to make a difference to me. Furthermore, if I saw them side by side, they would be identical. But when you're swapping back and forth between the two images in the exact same window you start to see very minor pixel-level differences. Nothing I would consider a "deal breaker" though. Mainly I was pointing out that the scaled down thumbnail versions did indeed display more differences than I saw when I viewed the full size images - and indicated that I believe the browser scaling for different image formats may be different.

The worst part is that the JPG was used as the source for the WebP - that was a poor choice for producing comparison images on.

Edited 2010-10-01 20:50 UTC

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