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 Radio on Sun 23rd May 2010 16:43 UTC
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As VP8 is already good enough for internet streaming (yes it is, stop trolling), maybe we could shift focus on improving high-resolution non-streaming codecs. Theora could still be improved, and Dirac, like all wavelet-based codecs, needs a breakthrough innovation - or it will remain as useless as JPEG2000.

It is important because if open video codecs don't jump ahead of proprietary codecs (the way audio ones did), the latter will always patent the next good idea.

Edited 2010-05-23 16:44 UTC

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