VP8 is now free, but if the quality is substandard, who cares? Well, it turns out that the quality isn't substandard, so that's not an issue, but neither is it twice the quality of H.264 at half the bandwidth.
See for yourself
As expected, Google open sourced the VP8 codec today at their IO conference in San Francisco. You can read my overview article for StreamingMedia.com here, or check out www.webmproject.org, a site that details the announcement.
Briefly, as you may re...
In a recent blog post, Microsoft stated "We think H.264 is an excellent format. In its HTML5 support, IE9 will support playback of H.264 video only." Though Mozilla currently enjoys (by far) the largest HTML5-compatible installed base of any brows...
Got an email today from a colleague today that triggered the headline thought (time to switch from VP6 to H.264). His rationale was that now that MPEG-LA has extended the royalty-free period for free H.264 Internet video, it was time to change over t...
A few weeks ago, I published an interview with MPEG LA CEO Larry Horn on the patent group's decision not to charge for free content encoded with H.264. Then I got a note back from a reader who stated:
I'm disappointed. The interview seemed to be pr...
I recently posted an H.264 vs. Ogg comparison, which you can see here.
I got lots of good feedback and am in the process of reworking my tests, primarily (I hope) to use a m...
Updated findings below.
Ogg Theora and HTML5 have been top of mind for me over the last few weeks, and one consistent question was how Ogg compared to H.264 in terms of quality. So, I spent a few hours this past weekend encoding and comparing. Click through to the main article to see what I found.
One of the lingering rumors about H.264 is that you need a beast of a computer to play it back. Is this a reality or part of an insidious Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt campaign inspired by H.264 detractors and competitors. Well, read the article and find out!
Comparing H.264, VP6 and VC-1 files produced by Microsoft, On2 and your truly.
See the video of the presentation given at StreamingMediaEast 2008 in New York City. The session compared the video quality of the big three codecs: VP6, H.264, and
Windows Media, and included a comparison of the primary H.264
codecs including Apple, Sorenson, Main Concept, and Dicas.