Linked by fran on Sun 20th Mar 2011 20:00 UTC
Multimedia, AV "Addressing a major weakness its plan to build its WebM video technology into the Web, Google yesterday released a version of its VP8 video encoder and decoder designed to be baked into hardware. [...] The hardware implementation of VP8 is called H1 and now Anthill, said Aki Kuusela, engineering manager of the WebM Project, in a blog post. It comes in the form of RTL, or Register Transfer Language, a very low-level description close to how processors actually perform their instructions, and it's available royalty free."
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So how good are the H.264 hardware encoders in comparison? I seem to recall the x264 guy saying his software had surpassed them a long time ago, as he did about most other H.264 software encoders. In general it seems hardware will be at a disadvantage in this situation. But sometimes you have no choice but to use the hardware encoding option (mobile devices vs. server based encoding)

VP8's software encoder seems to have done pretty well against the competition, though not quite as high quality or anywhere near as speedy as the very best (x264). That struck me as a pretty good performance, like a unknown competitor getting all the way to the final before being bested, like something out of a Rocky movie. Though most people have focused on the eventual defeat by the reigning champion. But how does it stack up in hardware?

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