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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Comment by Radio
by Radio on Sun 23rd May 2010 19:46 UTC
Radio
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2009-06-20

The http://www.quavlive.com/video_codec_comparison has been updated, and VP8 is as good (or, maybe, as bad) as h264 encoded with the libx264 (is it x264?) on a visually complex video. The bitrate of the output is different from the one entered in command line (rounding?), and is always lower with VP8. Also, the size of the video file is always smaller with VP8. Both are beneficial for streaming.

Notice that the x264 video done by quAVlive, on the same video "park joy", is noticeably worse than the ones done by the x264 dev Dark Shiraki:

http://193.204.59.68/comparison/park_joy_1080p.y4m_x264.avi_jpg/002...

vs.

http://doom10.org/compare/x264.png
http://doom10.org/compare/x264baseline.png

Edited 2010-05-23 19:47 UTC

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RE: Comment by Radio
by Nicholas Blachford on Sun 23rd May 2010 19:48 in reply to "Comment by Radio"
Nicholas Blachford Member since:
2005-07-06

Tried to download the linked files and got this helpful message from VLC (OS X):

No suitable decoder module
VLC does not support the audio or video format "VP80". Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.

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RE[2]: Comment by Radio
by Radio on Sun 23rd May 2010 20:04 in reply to "RE: Comment by Radio"
Radio Member since:
2009-06-20

Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.

:D

A quick googling (...yeah, I know) shows VLC should have VP8 support since the 1.1.0 release.

And that only a win32 build is available for now.

Try on another computer, launch bootcamp or... Just wait? We are all too nervous and eager to know the final word on this subject, I think, between the amount of publicity http://x264dev.multimedia.cx/?p=377 already got (from Steve Jobs himself) and the number of comments on OSnews...

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