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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nt_jerkface
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2009-08-26

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.


Changing new models is one thing but most devices in the wild have hardware decoders that can't be updated.

But as they say you can't make an omelet without cracking a few eggs.

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dizzey Member since:
2005-10-15

I wonder if this is really true. I have yet to find a single decoder that works this way. Do you know of any chip that works in this way? in that case i would be glad if you could name it so i can look it up i try to follow news letter from ic makers.

I think the big reason for this are first it complex to make a chip that implements the whole h264 in hardware ex that you just can stream h264 to the chip and get decoded frames in return. second if it implements h264 in firmware then the chip makers would have to pay mpgla.

however if you just make a chip that can handle the math behind h264. you can leave constructing a h264 library to the manufactures and you should be clear from infringing patents. And that how it works on most phones that i have seen in the wild

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