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[4]: Too little too late
by gerg on Thu 24th Mar 2011 15:18 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Too little too late"
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There is only one factor in which x264 beats WebM and that is encoding speed.

This is what people really need to be focusing on. WebM, based on what I've seen, is beating x264 in decoding performance and now has hardware support. The combination means better battery life. And for WebM, its a double-win over x264.

While every stream must be encoded, once, successful streams will be decoded millions of times in comparison. Which ultimately means, decoding is extremely important, second only to visual quality. Encoding time, frankly, I'm not even sure is the third most important element. For encoding, the only factor that really matters is if its fast enough. By all accounts, encoding time is fast enough which is why we are seeing WebM gaining market share and acceptance.

Realistically, WebM is already reshaping the market. Hardware and codec support is rapidly growing. In the very least, x264 now has a proven rival. The real question is, how long will the market have two significant codecs?

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