Linked by Brooss on Sat 26th Feb 2011 16:49 UTC
Google Google has released a new set of tools for the WebP Image format. The release includes a completely rewritten encoder with improved image quality. Also available is a Windows Imaging Component providing WebP import to any application that supports WIC such as Microsoft Office 2010. There is a side-by-side comparison between the new encoder, the old encoder and JPEG here.
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Comment by liber
by liber on Sat 26th Feb 2011 18:01 UTC
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How do you find the image comparisons? I really want the webp format to be good, but i can't say i am blown away or even all to impressed by the comparisons.

With the same quality setting i find the webp blurrier (still about half or 3/5 of the file size)

When i match the file sizes, i don't know which one i prefer, for example

In the original you can clearly see that some grasses are "striped" vertically. In the jpeg image i see more artifacts, but i still see more of the stripes in the grasses, while the webp one only shows green-without-detail. ( i also suggest watching example 0 with the clouds)

I suspect it might be a matter of personal preference ("can you try to look... blockier?"), just as some people prefer the artifacts of 128/192kbit mp3 to cd-quality flac.


But holy smokes, check out the low qualityies. Webp beats jpeg hands down.

Edited 2011-02-26 18:19 UTC

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