HEVC Video Codecs Comparison (Eleventh MSU Video Codecs Comparison)

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Free Version Free 4K video Version Pro Version (Enterprise) Pro+ Version (Enterprise + 4K video analysis)
Objective Metrics SSIM SSIM, PSNR
Different types of analysis
Encoding quality, encoding speed, bitarte handling, speed/quality analysis etc. (some graphs) Encoding quality, encoding speed, bitarte handling, speed/quality analysis etc.
ColorPlanes Only overall YUV Y, U, V and overall YUV
Graphs Some graphs All the graphs for all the metrcis, codecs and presets
Test video sequences 27 HD video (only description) 10 4K video (only description) 27 HD video (available for download) 27 HD video + 10 4K video (available for download)
Tested uses-cases 3 different use cases:
Fast Transcoding, Universal and Ripping (some graphs)
4K transcoding(some graphs) 3 different use cases:
Fast Transcoding, Universal and Ripping
3 different use cases:
Fast Transcoding, Universal and Ripping + 4K transcoding
Number of figures 48 19 3000+ 4000+
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Video Codecs that Were Tested

Objectives and Testing Tools

HEVC Codec Testing Objectives

The main goal of this report is the presentation of a comparative evaluation of the quality of new HEVC codecs and codecs of other standards using objective measures of assessment. The comparison was done using settings provided by the developers of each codec. Nevertheless, we required all presets to satisfy minimum speed requirement on the particular use case. The main task of the comparison is to analyze different encoders for the task of transcoding video—e.g., compressing video for personal use.

HEVC Codec Testing Rools

The comparison was performed on Corei7 6700K (Skylake) @4Ghz, RAM 8GB, Windows8.1. For this platform we considered three key use cases with different speed requirements.

Video sequences selection

Video sequences for all of MSU video codec comaprison reports were choosen by MSU team through manual selection. Various videos were selected to help to find the strengths and weaknesses of video encoders. This comparison’s test dataset was significantly updated. Our goal was to create dataset with videos that encoders are facing in everyday life. For this purpose 30000 videos from Vimeo service were analyzed and 885 4K videos with high bitrate were analyzed. These videos were clusterized (by spatial and temporal complexity) and 27 video from the clusters were chosen.

Video sequecnes selection

Overall Conclusions

Overall, the leaders in this comparison are Intel MSS HEVC and Kingsoft HEVC encoders! Here are some overall graphs from report:

Speed/Quality trade-off for Fast use-case (YUV-SSIM metric)

Average bitrate for Universal use-case (YUV-SSIM metric)

Average bitrate for all use-cases (YUV-SSIM metric)

Professional Versions of Comparison Report

HEVC Comparison Report Pro 2016 version contains:


The Graphics & Media Lab Video Group would like to express its gratitude to the following companies for providing the codecs and settings used in this report:

The Video Group would also like to thank these companies for their help and technical support during the tests.


Special thanks to the following contributors of our previous comparisons

Google Intel AMD NVidia
ATI Adobe ISPhone dicas
KDDI R&D labs Dolby Tata Elxsi Octasic
Qualcomm Voceweb Elgato

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E-mail: videocodec-testing@graphics.cs.msu.ru

26 Dec 2016
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