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 StreamingMedia.com 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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RE: H.264 vs VP8 comparison
by kaiwai on Sun 23rd May 2010 14:07 UTC in reply to "H.264 vs VP8 comparison"
kaiwai
Member since:
2005-07-06

I just had a look at both and I barely notice a difference; I'm sure when in full motion the differences will be even less detectable. I am confused, therefore, why people are trying to make out that there is a massive difference between the two of them. I am sure with more optimisations artefacts will be minimised and will be offered as a viable alternative to h264.

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RE[2]: H.264 vs VP8 comparison
by Neolander on Sun 23rd May 2010 14:44 in reply to "RE: H.264 vs VP8 comparison"
Neolander Member since:
2010-03-08

Media quality is not a major issue on the internet, as long as the gap is small (it's the case here). Licensing quality is one.

Remember the Unisys episode : GIF was certainly superior to JPEG in its time about compression ratio vs quality...

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RE[3]: H.264 vs VP8 comparison
by Lennie on Sun 23rd May 2010 15:22 in reply to "RE[2]: H.264 vs VP8 comparison"
Lennie Member since:
2007-09-22

I think you should compare gif to png. That's more inline with the usage pattern.

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RE[3]: H.264 vs VP8 comparison
by miker on Mon 24th May 2010 17:34 in reply to "RE[2]: H.264 vs VP8 comparison"
miker Member since:
2009-07-08

You could't be more wrong. Comparing GIF to JPEG is slightly more meaningful than comparing MP3 to DivX, they are two different formats intended for different purposes.

Gif is a lossless 8-bit (usually) color indexed format that is great for simple computer graphics and illustrations. JPEG is a lossly (with exceptions) 24-bit format that is great for photographs but terrible for illustrations.

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