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[4]: Comment by hornett
by Valhalla on Fri 1st Oct 2010 20:57 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by hornett"
Valhalla
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Competitor? The very same guy also wrote a VP8 decoder for the ffmpeg project from scratch.
He's an active contributor to both worlds. I don't see him competing with his own software.

If you don't trust him, feel free to repeat his tests and compare the results.


He is a competitor. He is pushing X264 as the web standard for video, and he and other x264 devs are trying to get permission to dual-licence x264 so that they can charge money for propriety projects that want to incorporate x264. The fact that he and some other developers (he wasn't alone) wrote a vp8 decoder for the ffmpeg project does not change this.

No, good old Dark Shikaru has a little too much personal interest in x264 vs webm/webp for my taste. Also, why the heck did he use a motion video frame as source? Smells like a tailored test methinks.

I'll look forward to totally independant comparisons using a wide range of raw images (so that it won't favour either encoder) which can then be compared quality-wise between jpg and webp when encoded to the (near as possible) same file size.

Like I said earlier though, even if webp would prove to be a better format in terms of size/quality than jpeg I seriously doubt it will gain any traction. Jpeg dominates the web by being supported everywhere and being 'good enough' in terms of quality/size. I believe a new format would have to be so much better (quality/size, no submarine patent threat, permissive licencing) that it's simply a no-brainer to do the switch from jpeg even with the pain of transition, and I really don't see that webp is or ever will be that. Time will tell.

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