Linked by Brooss on Wed 23rd Mar 2011 23:14 UTC
Benchmarks A new set of x264 and vpxenc encoder benchmarks have been published. The new benchmarks address many of the concerns raised in the comments about the methodology used in the previous article, such as using SSIM for quality measurement. Theora is also included in these tests.
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RE[5]: Too little too late
by lemur2 on Thu 24th Mar 2011 03:54 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Too little too late"
lemur2
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So long as you are offering the h264 video for free there are no license fees


I believe that even if you let people look at your video for free, if it is a commercial video (e.g. advertising) then you must pay a license if you use h264.

Ergo, videos such as those I linked to:
http://www.mozilla.com/en-US/firefox/4.0/whatsnew/
which can be thought of as advertising, are thus cheaper to encode as WebM, since you face no risk of being sued for hosting them.

Mozilla face no such legal risk for the perfectly fine quality WebM videos they are showing to advertise Firefox 4 on their "Whats New" blog page.

All it took to avoid any risks was for Mozilla to take just a couple of extra minutes to encode the videos in WebM. That is an absolute pittance cost compared with the cost of making the videos in the first place, or the cost to Mozilla blog of getting a license for h264, or defending a lawsuit for not having such a license.

Edited 2011-03-24 04:08 UTC

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