Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 10th Mar 2013 13:07 UTC
Multimedia, AV A few days ago, Google and the MPEG-LA announced that they had come to an agreement under which Google received a license for techniques in VP8 that may infringe upon MPEG-LA patents (note the 'if any'). Only a few days later, we learn the real reason behind Google and the MPEG-LA striking a deal, thanks to The H Open, making it clear that the MPEG-LA has lost. Big time. Update: Chris Montgomery: "The wording suggests Google paid some money to grease this along, and the agreement wording is interesting [and instructive] but make no mistake: Google won. Full stop."
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RE: Thom you are wrong.
by lemur2 on Wed 13th Mar 2013 06:30 UTC in reply to "Thom you are wrong."
lemur2
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2007-02-17

Sorry WebM loses out on performance and nobody is building any chips to accelerate it.


Sorry, but that is just a straight-out lie.

http://wiki.webmproject.org/hardware/arm-socs

In the "Common ARM SoC VP8 support table" on this page, there are more SoCs listed which support VP8 than those which do not. Most of those SoCs listed which do not support VP8 are the older versions. Of the 18 listed companies there are only three SoC makers (Apple, Qualcomm and Sony) which have no SoCs at all which support VP8.

Furthermore, VP8 is easier to decode than H.264, so it has less of a requirement for hardware decode support. VP8 is, however, a lot more computationally expensive to encode than h.264, Despite the expensive encoding fact, since mobiles and hand-helds are rarely used to encode video, VP8 does not lose out on performance to h.264. That meme is just a myth.

Edited 2013-03-13 06:36 UTC

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RE[2]: Thom you are wrong.
by zima on Sun 17th Mar 2013 23:58 in reply to "RE: Thom you are wrong."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

since mobiles and hand-helds are rarely used to encode video

"Mobiles and hand-helds" are routinely used to encode video, that's what happens when you record it. Funny how you overlook something so obvious, apparently to convince yourself that webm is in better situation than it really is...

And Qualcomm is the guerilla in the room, what they do has wide repercussions.

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