[theora] Video Comparison

Silvia Pfeiffer silviapfeiffer1 at gmail.com
Sat Jan 30 04:57:51 PST 2010

Good one!

There's actually only one H.264 video and the others are all VP6.
Theora does seem a little more blurry on faces, but I think it is
really comparable on anything else.

Funnily, in Firfox, the Flash videos keep stalling and not catching up
with playback, while the Theora videos play through nicely after the
initial buffering. If all of them are hosted in Germany, then they do
have a long way to go to reach me here in Australia, so that might be
a major reason.

Other than that, I think it's a worthwhile effort and should show
those nay-sayers what the difference really is. BTW: My standard reply
to those who claim that Theora has worse quality that H.264 is "how
many videos have you encoded into Ogg Theora before now?".


On Sat, Jan 30, 2010 at 8:57 PM,  <yorn at gmx.net> wrote:
> Hey all,
> I have followed a thread on golem.de, which was about an article regarding mozillas reasons, not to include h264 and to prefere theora instead.
> In the forum there was much talking about a lot of nonsens (as usual). But there is still a huge and loud number of people believing that theora has a significant worse quality compared to h264. Most test material I found does not focus real live videos, so the comparison does not reflect the user experiences. So I decided to use good quality web videos. The videos on golem.de have a much better quality than nearly all videos available through youtube.
> Therefor I ask the guys at golem.de if I can use their videos for an ogg/theora transcoding, and they agreed.
> Then I created the following page:
> http://dev.streamnik.de/80.html
> I want to make this page as user friendly as possible, so I need your feedback. Are the videos working for you? Do you have any problems? Which?
> What I found is, that chrome is not able to play the video correctly.
> Actually I am not using mvEmbedd, as I have not full access to the typo3 installation. Therefor I use the externaly available cortado player.
> -Yorn
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