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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Open vs Free (gratis), H264 v WebM
by ruinevil on Thu 10th Mar 2011 03:05 UTC
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H.264 / MPEG-4 AVC
Pros:
-Has open source implementations of encoders and decoders.
-The audio, video, subtitling, and container specs is open and well documented

Cons:
-Has parts patented by a vast number of companies, so a single holding company for the patent load was created.
-Container and audio codecs were both developed by Apple, the spec audio is AAC, and the spec container is mp4, which is essentially a Quicktime MOV container.
-At some point in the near future, royalty payments will have to be made to the holding company by someone.

VP8/WebM
Pros:
-Has multiple free and open source implementations.
-Use VP8 video, Vorbis Audio, and Makrosta container, which are all free and open source. MKV and Vorbis have well defined open specs

Cons:
-The final standard of VP8 is defined by code, not a well defined spec. Essentially, as WebM evolves, movies will compatible with WebM-git-DATETIME, like HTML is moving to be.
-While open source, Google "holds the keys to the cathedral," so there is not that much community involvement in the central defining project.
-Probably uses some H.264 patents (FFMPEG reuses a large amount of their H.264 decoding functions in their implementation of WebM decoder.)
-TO MY KNOWLEDGE, NO DEFINED SUPPORT FOR SUBTITLES ( http://www.webmproject.org/code/specs/container/#demuxer_and_muxer_... )

Edited 2011-03-10 03:14 UTC

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