Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 12th Dec 2007 05:56 UTC
Benchmarks A lot was said lately about the Vorbis/Theora vs h.264/AAC situation on the draft of the HTML5. As some of you know, video is my main hobby these days (I care not about operating systems anymore), so I have gain some experience on the field lately, and at the same time this has made me more demanding about video quality. Read on for a head to head test: OGG Theora/Vorbis vs MP4 h.264/AAC. Yup, with videos. And pictures.
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What's all the fighting about?
by kiz01 on Wed 12th Dec 2007 15:07 UTC
kiz01
Member since:
2005-07-06

There seem to be two main camps here: 1) the ones who want technical excellence and 2) the ones who want open standards. Each camp admits that the other is important but disagree on which is more important.

Just about everybody here makes fun of Microsoft for having niether technical excellence or open standards. It certainly makes them an easy target.

On the other hand people argue a lot about Apple who have technical excellence but don't have open standards.

Now we have a review that pits a better product (h264) against an open product (Ogg theora). Eugenia picks h264 because it has better quality and is easier to work with. Other pick theora because it's open and "good enough". Unfortunately there's no concrete right and wrong here. It's all subjective.

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intangible Member since:
2005-07-06

The right answer is that HTML5 shouldn't be based around a codec that cannot be legally used without paying royalties and licensing fees. That completely flies in the face of how the 'Net works.

I've never heard anyone say Theora has better quality than h264.

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