Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 30th Sep 2010 23:04 UTC
Google A few months ago, Google open sourced the VP8 video codec as part of the WebM video project, to create a truly Free/free unencumbered video format for the web as an answer to the non-Free/free patent-encumbered H264 format. Today, Google launched a new image format for the web, WebP, which aims to significantly reduce the file size of photos and images on the web.
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Indeed, looks like it's the same thing as with independent H.264 vs VP8 comparisons : JPG has a hideous blocky rendering but keeps more details, while WebP makes more nice-looking images at the cost of some blurring.

I prefer blur myself. In my opinion, being aesthetically-pleasing as a whole is much more important for a picture that some detail in the wild disappearing. Moreover, JPEG/H264 blocks are very annoying when doing image editing (they make tools based on contour detection fail miserably). And after all, those who really want details will only be satisfied with lossless formats anyway ;)

Edited 2010-10-02 08:09 UTC

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