Linked by lemur2 on Wed 9th Mar 2011 00:18 UTC
Multimedia, AV The WebM project Blog has announced an update release of the VP8 Codec SDK codenamed the "Bali" release. The Bali release was focused on making the encoder faster while continuing to improve its video quality.
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by galvanash on Wed 9th Mar 2011 01:03 UTC
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I appreciate Google posting these updates. This is the 2nd one they have done so far in a fairly short amount of time so that are at least demonstrating some determination in making webm better.

However, I _really_ wish they would give some indication of actual performance instead of just reporting everything relative to the last release. The relative stuff is useful, don't get me wrong, but the lay person reading this has no idea how the webm encoder actually performs...

I suspect they don't want to do so because performance is still so bad, but facts are facts and they shouldn't hide them. I want to see webm get used more, but the sad fact is that although the encoder is now 4.5 times faster than it originally was, it is still over 15 times slower than x264 even using best case comparisons for webm.

They have a looonnnggg way to go. Achieving encoding speed parity (or at least being in the same zipcode) is a key requirement for adoption by most users I would think.

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