[Theora] Why do you use Theora?

Roscoe eocsor at gmail.com
Sat Nov 26 22:27:00 PST 2005

> - Do you use Theora?


> - Why do you use Theora?

The heart of the matter is it's free.
Does this matter? Well looking at Ubuntu being unable to play mp3 out
of the box, it certainly seems to.

As a bonus I get a codec that performs as far as I'm concerned just as
well as the alternatives (namely mpeg4 and wmv).

> - Using Theora, which bitrates and resolutions respectively do you encode
> with?

I normally keep the same resolution as the source.
I use the quality metric instead of bitrate metric for encoding [with
ffmpeg2theora], normally video=6, audio=6.

> - Do you think, Ogg is an appropriate container-format for using with Theora?
> Wouldn't fit e.g. Matroska better?

I have no idea. Xiph.org seems to think ogg is a good idea for Theora
and I'm content to live with that. I didn't put any thought into
container formats, as long as its free and works I'm happy.

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