UHD Codec Roundup 05/11/14
New codecs like HEVC and VP9 will be crucial in the transition to ultra hi-definition. And don’t count out Daala, the dark horse UHD codec.
It’s hard to believe that YouTube started supporting 4K video way back in 2010. In the unlikely chance your connection was fast enough, you could stream the hand full of videos on their 4K channel in real-time.
A lot’s changed since then.
Their acquisition of On2 a year earlier has finally paid off with their debut of the royalty-free codec VP9 earlier this year. But how does VP9 compare with the arguably more well know UHD codec HEVC (aka – H.265)? Check out the links below:
- 10 Things You Need to Know About HEVC
- How to Make the Move to HEVC
- 4K TV and Ultra HD: Everything you need to know
- H.265 vs VP9: 4K codecs explained
- The Codecs That Make UHD Video Possible: HEVC Vs. VP9
- VP9 vs H.264 hour-long prez at the 2013 Google I/O conference
- Daala (which promises to be better than both HEVC and VP9)
It’s a little too early to tell how things will shake out but it’s great that there’s competition out of the gate as we move into this new UHD era.
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