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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RichterKuato
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2010-05-14

I know they won't drop Flash anytime soon. But will they drop support for H.264? Maybe, but they certainly haven't given any indication of this yet.

It would be less expensive than serving Flash Video, MP4 and WebM. Also, they recently dropped support for older versions of Flash, but only for Desktop OS's. But dropping support for MP4 would immediately mean no iPhone/iPad users (at least in the short run). I just don't think Google would risk making existing viewers unhappy like that.

I think if they do drop a format it'll be carefully done. When they have some way to guarantee they can keep viewers. Maybe if they could update Youtube app to include the VP8 and WebM built in.

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nt_jerkface Member since:
2009-08-26


I think if they do drop a format it'll be carefully done. When they have some way to guarantee they can keep viewers. Maybe if they could update Youtube app to include the VP8 and WebM built in.


Dropping H.264 would mean that the youtube button on idevices would no longer work. Apple could roll out an update that links it to a new VP8 app but they sure as hell wouldn't be happy about it and there would still be the hardware decoding issue.

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Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

As the x264 dev snarked on how VP8 is similar to h264, it shouldn't be too hacky to make those hardware decoders chew through VP8.

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