Third Annual MSU MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codec Comparison

For people, who make real research in field of high-end video compression and professionally use videocodecs

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Codecs that Were Tested

Comparison Content

There are two parts of the comparison - 2006 year results and over-years comparison. First part is comparison of modern codecs, provided by developers in this year. Second part is summarizing of H.264 codecs results over three previous years.

Following metrics were measured:

Codecs were analyzed separately in the following types of application:

Individual codecs’ settings were used for each of that types of application.

Video sequences that were used in this comparison:

Different Comparion Versions

Short version of report is now available at website for free download (52 pages, 47 figures). Full version of report now available for free download too (157 pages, 185 charts). It includes following additional topics:

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Comparison Rules

All codec’s options and presets were provided by codec’s authors

An important restriction on a preset is encoding time for it. A few iterations of compliance testing and preset optimization were made to meet the requirements.

JM 9.8 reference decoder was used to decode all encoded streams.

All objective metrics measurements were performed with MSU Video Quality Measurement Tool (Pro Version)

For each preset both speed and quality were measured


Third Annual MSU H.264 Video Codec Comparison - PDF (1.38 Mb)

Third Annual MSU H.264 Video Codec Comparison - ZIP (1.2 Mb)

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Special thanks to the following big and small contributors

Intel AMD Adobe KDDI R&D labs Tata Elxsi



10 Mar 2011
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