Linked by lemur2 on Wed 9th Mar 2011 00:18 UTC
Multimedia, AV The WebM project Blog has announced an update release of the VP8 Codec SDK codenamed the "Bali" release. The Bali release was focused on making the encoder faster while continuing to improve its video quality.
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RE[4]: One request...
by Laurence on Fri 11th Mar 2011 08:23 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: One request..."
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Now H264 has patents on many of the most optimal methods, so in order to approach H264 in quality, there is a tradeoff. WebM decoder speed is not traded off, in fact WebM decoding is less computationaly expensive than H264. Encoding speed is where the compromise was made. webM encoding is indeed a lot slower, that is how it can make up ground in quality while being forced to use less-than-optimal methods.

This comment winds me up rotten. Not because of anything fault of yours or the WebM developers, but because of the sorry state patent laws leaves consumer choice.

I know the topic of patent protection has been done to death already, but I really do wish developers were left to write code rather than worrying about avoiding best practices because they're patented.

If someone "steals" code, then they're right to be sued under copyright law. Though that's a different case-study altogether. Patents, however, have no place in software.


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