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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I don't think that hardware optimization for a codec goes as far as hardwiring the codec, As it is for general purpose computer codec optimization, there would be some motion estimation helper from various unit in the device, so I don't think that adapting the general code for another codec would be that impossible ( maybe difficult, but hey Apple is pushing the industry to give up flash by saying the transition to HTML5 is trivial, is it turns out not to be ).
I don't even believe the battery/cpu meltdown you predict. So hold on your horses.

However I don't even think that people would update flash to read webM video, as they can already read h264 video, and there would'nt be any webm "killer application" that would motivate people.
I hope you understand the liability of of using 264 codec according to the mpeg-la, and that woudl be a problem for open source browser (both present and future) and alternative operating system (ok most of the people don't care about them, but we do, right ?).

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