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x264? FLV Good Enough? JVM in a Corporate Environment....

Posted by: Anonymous [ip: 10.16.234.43] on January 09, 2008 02:41 PM
A few comments......

- Why no mention of x264? I discarded Theora long ago as not having the necessary quality, regardless of file size and encode speed, at the same bitrate as xVid. Recently I compared xVid with x264 encoded content. While xVid was encoded faster, using FFMPEG, the quality of x264 was vastly superior. http://slashdot.org/~PhillC/journal/192152

- I hate watching crap YouTube videos in a "good enough" FLV format. Many of the YouTube videos aren't "good enough" at all. It's just that YouTube has the majority market share at this time. If FLV was "good enough" why does the latest Flash player support H.264 encoded content? Now any valid H.264 encoded MPEG4 files will playback through an embedded flash player, assuming the client has the latest version installed. I've tested this with x264 encoded content and playback works fine. http://www.kapitalmototv.co.uk/flash/ I think it's been recognised that for higher resolution online video standard FLVs are not "good enough" at all.

- I've tried Fluendo's Cortardo applet over a year ago, so it's not exactly a new development. I really wanted to use it. The main problem is that when online video, delivered using Cortardo, was viewed in a corporate environment, the result was disappointing - mostly complete browser crashes in IE and Firefox. This was due mostly to incompatible JVMs and no way for the end user to upgrade in a locked down desktop environment. The same issues occur with the commerical Java based playback from Veritas.

It is good news that Theora will have a new encoder, but what's really needed is codec improvements over the ancient On2 VP3 offering.

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