Don’t misunderstand me, as I’m not preaching the value of proprietary codecs. Despite Theora's shortcomings with rendering speed and overall playback quality in comparison to proprietary alternatives, this does not mean that all open source codecs are loosing ground in the fight for your video viewing freedom.

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Created by bluecheese 10 years 9 weeks ago – Made popular 10 years 8 weeks ago
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stargrave's picture


10 years 8 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago



I fully disagree about XviD: in my practice H.264 always outperform XviD in quality. It uses much more computing resources, but I am not in a hurry and everyday CPU power grows up. Technically, such "newcomers" as H.264/AAC are really the best. I say only about technical side. Patent issues and overall freeness forces to choose Theora of course. It is my choice too: it produces very high quality movies. It can not be compared to H.264, but you can always make video bitrate higher - nowadays data connections bandwidth and processing power are quite enough to satisfy free video streams needs.

Several months earlier I tried to use Dirac. It works... using very much CPU power it produced an awfull picture. But I hope it will be solved soon and it can compete with H.264. I am sure about this!

Happy hacking

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10 years 8 weeks 5 days 19 hours ago


Author is wrong

The Theora codec is covered by patents, it's just that the patents that cover Theora have been released to the public. http://www.theora.org/faq/#24