Linked by Brooss on Tue 15th Mar 2011 23:32 UTC
Benchmarks A comment on the recent article about the Bali release of Googles WebM tools (libvpx) claimed that one of the biggest problems facing the adoption of WebM video was the slow speed of the encoder as compared to x264. This article sets out to benchmark the encoder against x264 to see if this is indeed true and if so, how significant the speed difference really is.
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RE: Things we already knew about
by gerg on Wed 16th Mar 2011 17:51 UTC in reply to "Things we already knew about"
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2011-03-16

I know this article is about encoding, but ultimately, it doesn't matter.

The professionals here are getting far too caught up in what's important to them, as a professional, as compared to what's really truly important, which is decoding.

You see, encoding only matters to a small number of people who create video and really, an even smaller number of people who do the transcoding (vimo, youtube, etc). For encoding, its the later that even matters. And really, once encoding performance becomes good enough, anything else is gravy. So really the question is, has WebM encoding performance become good enough. Everyone that matters seems to be saying absolutely.

Beyond encoding, decoding is ultimately what matters. Streams can be decoded millions of times. Here, it appears WebM has a lead in decoding performance. Furthermore, hardware is now becoming available with hardware assist. For one of largest emerging markets, this means WebM is most definitely a market winner.

Given that WebM has achieve visual parity with X.264 and is beating X.264 on decoding (which translates into improved battery life), WebM most definitely is providing serious competition.

As a professional, it may hurt your feelings that your take on it doesn't really matter, but reality is, your technical analysis of why X.264 is king is nothing but noise in the market. The reality is, where it matters, WebM is already adjusting the entire market to accommodate it; and its just barely out of the gate.

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