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My first technical writing regarding the new AV1 codec is up at Xiph.Org. We've been working on AV1, heads-down, for a long time and my writing took a hiatus for almost that entire period. Now that it's out, it's time to continue the technology pages that I started with Daala.

"AV1 is a new general-purpose video codec developed by the Alliance for Open Media. The alliance began development of this new codec using Google's VPX codecs, Cisco's Thor codec, and Mozilla's/Xiph.Org's Daala codec as starting point. AV1 leapfrogs the performance of VP9 and HEVC, making it a next-next-generation codec. The AV1 format is and will always be royalty-free with a permissive FOSS license."

Promising codec

Date: 2018-04-14 11:05 pm (UTC)
From: [personal profile] imasin
I haven't truly been interested in a lossy video codec since I came across the SIF1 codec back in 2011. Most of my personal video archive has been encoded in SIF1 because I have found that it handles grainy and noisy sources far better than any other codec I know of. H.264 simply chokes on high grain sources and the artifacts from HEVC sometimes look even worse than H.264.

SIF1 is barely past initial development and yet it still compares favorably with x264, the best H.264 encoder available. If AV1 can outperform SIF1 I may have found a new archiving codec, at least until the day storage becomes so cheap I can store video losslessly like I do with audio.


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