Eighth MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codecs Comparison - Standard Version
- Video group head: Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin
- Project head: Dr. Dmitriy Kulikov
- Measurements, analysis: Marat Arsaev
|REPORT IS UPDATED!
Now it contains Appendixes with GPU encoders comparison and Very High Speed Encoders comparison.
Different Versions of Report
There are two different versions of H.264 Comparison 2012 report:
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codecs Comparison - Standard (Free) Version (this report)
- MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codecs Comparison - Pro Version (Enterprise
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Here is the comparison of the versions:
|Standard Version||Pro Version (Enterprise)|
|Objective Metrics (Y-SSIM)|
|Additional Metrics (Y-PSNR)||
Only few graphs
|Objective Metrics (3-SSIM, MS-SSIM)|
|ColorPlanes||Only Y from YUV||Y, U, V and overall|
|Graphs||Only some typical graphs||All the graphs for all the metrcis, codecds and presets|
|Number of figures||207||2092|
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Video Codecs that Were Tested
- DivX H.264
- Elecard H.264
- Intel Ivy Bridge QuickSync (GPU encoder)
- MainConcept H.264 (software)
- MainConcept H.264 (CUDA based encoder)
- MainConcept H.264 (OpenCL based encoder)
- XviD (MPEG-4 ASP codec)
Table 1. Summary of video sequences
|Sequence||Number of frames||Frame rate||Resolution|
|VideoConference (5 sequences)|
|Movies (10 SD sequences)|
|HDTV sequences (16 sequences)|
Objectives and Testing Tools
H.264 Codec Testing Objectives
The main goal of this report is the presentation of a comparative evaluation of the quality of new H.264 codecs using objective measures of assessment. The comparison was done using settings provided by the developers of each codec. The main task of the comparison is to analyze different H.264 encoders for the task of transcoding video—e.g., compressing video for personal use. Speed requirements are given for a sufficiently fast PC; fast presets are analogous to real-time encoding for a typical home-use PC.
H.264 Codec Testing Tools
The following computer configuration was used for the main tests:
Sugar Bay platform, 3rd Generation Core i7 3xxx(IVB), 4 Cores CPU @3.4 GHz,
Integrated GPU: Intel HD Graphics 4000
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580
Total Physical Memory: 2x2 Gb RAM (1600 MHz)
OS Name: Microsoft Windows 7
Overall, the leader in this comparison for software encoders is x264, followed by MainConcept, DivX H.264 and Elecard.
The overall ranking of the software codecs tested in this comparison is as follows:
- DivX H.264
- Intel Ivy Bridge QuickSync
- MainConcept CUDA
This rank is based only on the encoders’ quality results. Encoding speed is not considered here.
Professional Versions of Comparison Report
H.264 Comparison Report Pro 2012 version contains:
Additional objective metrics (PSNR, 3-SSIM, MS-SSIM)
All metrics results for all colorplanes (Y,U,V and overall)
Results for all the sequences, codecs and presets used in comparison
Much more figures
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:
x264 Development Team
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
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