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: Visible difference
by pgeorgi on Sun 23rd May 2010 19:35 UTC in reply to "Visible difference"
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Looking at the "park joy" example provided by the second comparison the x264 encoded image is visibly sharper than its VP8 counterpart, especially in parts with lots of foliage and grass (i.e. small details). I'm not familiar with the encoder settings so I would like to know if the settings used for x264 produce encodings compatible to the baseline profile.

That's to be expected. A similar (or same?) scene was used to show the improvements in Theora - this was also less blurry after the codec was improved.

VPx codecs generally tend to blur the image to save bit. I guess VP8 can fix that just like Theora (being based on VP3) did

Edited 2010-05-23 19:36 UTC

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