Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 23rd May 2010 09:41 UTC
Benchmarks Now that Google has opened up VP8, the big question is obviously how it'll hold up to H264. Of course, VP8 already wins by default because it's open source and royalty free, but that doesn't mean we should neglect the quality issue. Jan Ozer from has put up an article comparing the two codecs, and concludes that the differences are negligible - in fact, only in some high-motion videos did H264 win out. As always, this is just one comparison and most certainly anything but conclusive. Update: Another comparison. I can't spot the difference, but then again, I'm no expert.
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by Zifre on Sun 23rd May 2010 11:10 UTC
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I don't know anything about this "Squeeze" encoder, but I'm guessing it's not really as good as x264.

There is really no point in comparing anything to H.264 if you're not using x264 (in the same way that if you are comparing something to Theora, you really should use Ptalarbvorm, or at least Thusnelda).

My guess is that x264 will beat VP8, but the difference will be small, and VP8 will be perfectly suitable for web video.

Edited 2010-05-23 11:10 UTC

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RE: x264
by Timmmm on Sun 23rd May 2010 18:39 in reply to "x264"
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Yeah, and what's the point of comparing at bitrates high enough to make them indistinguishable?

If we go to a high enough bitrate (as lemur2 did) then Theora will become indistinguishable too, but no-one would claim it is as good as x264.

I demand lower bitrate, non-HD tests! Something like DVD resolution, at 350 MB/hour, to give a realistic example.

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RE[2]: x264
by lemur2 on Sun 23rd May 2010 23:40 in reply to "RE: x264"
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If we go to a high enough bitrate (as lemur2 did) then Theora will become indistinguishable too

I compared them at a lower bitrate than this page indictaed:

Theora is close in quality to h.264 at bitrates appropriate for the quality and resolution level, as indicated by this table, and even quite a bit lower bitrates.

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