[whatwg] Suitable video codec

Michael Dale dale at ucsc.edu
Fri May 8 08:45:35 PDT 2009

yea.. the take home point is that Theora now has an encoder that puts it 
in the same ballpark as contemporary proprietary codecs. I would not say 
Theora is "outdoing h.264". The results of a given PSNR test are 
impressive and important to publicize but I think my wording in posting 
about that test might have promoted overstating the quality factor.

The only quality that really mattered in terms of standardization has 
stayed constant: which is Ogg Theora is /royalty free/ and implementable 
in both proprietary and free software browsers.


David Gerard wrote:
> H.264 was advocated here for the <video> element as higher quality
> than competing codecs such as Theora could ever manage.
> The Thusnelda coder is outdoing H.,264 in current tests:
> http://web.mit.edu/xiphmont/Public/theora/demo7.html
> This is of course developmental work. I'm sure the advocates of H. 264
> can also tune its encoders to keep up, and not make Theora the only
> reasonable candidate for the <video> element.
> - d.

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