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 smitty on Sun 23rd May 2010 22:34 UTC
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The Park Joy video is an extremely difficult one to encode, which is why it's often used in the these encoder tests. Note that in addition to the high level of motion and detail present, it's running at 50 fps. So for a standard video, you would cut the bitrate in half and have identical levels of quality.

VP8 clearly looks blurry in that video when you take a screenshot and compare them side by side. When you view the video in motion, though, it's tough to spot any difference unless you are really trying to spot it. And the other video with the bee shows that there's really no difference in the result for some easier videos.

VP8 is clearly good enough for web videos, it's going to be other factors that determine it's success. Patent issues and hardware support spring to the top of list.

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