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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H.264 already is more widespread
by m1cro on Wed 12th Dec 2007 15:26 UTC
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Dreaming of open formats for everyone is nice, but how realistic is it? How many people use Theora? How many devices support Theora? Not many.

Compare that to H.264: Most modern HD-Camcorders support it. Many MP3/Video-Players. Every blu-ray, and every HD-DVD-Player supports it. Mobile phones do it. And many more devices. It is a huge advantage for a format that there are already many chips that encode and decode H.264 in hardware. And don't forget: The most recent version of the Flash webbrowser-plugin supports it, too!

Youtube has already mentioned that they are going to update the video quality on their site soon. I don't think they will go to H.264 directly because too many people still have old PCs and H.264 decoding is very demanding - but sooner or later, they will.

I doubt that sites like YouTube would switch to Theora even if it became HTML5-standard and would be integrated into webbrowsers some years from now (don't forget that using HTML5 is not an option before at least Internet Explorer and Firefox have implemented it). H.264 has not only superior video quality, but it already works *today*, even within webbrowsers.

Don't get me wrong. I like the idea of a patent-free video format as the standard. But I just don't think it is realistic.

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