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AV1 video codec

#1 Post by webfork » Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:50 pm

So it's not quite here yet, but in the next 6 months to a year, programs here on the site should begin to support encoding.

AV1 is a new video codec that promises to help companies and individuals transmit high-quality video over the internet efficiently, without paying royalty fees. Being royalty-free is important because:
  • Current streaming video costs (a lot of) money
  • Newer codecs are twice as efficient
  • New codecs may cost ten times more
  • With H.264, small players get a free ride
https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/07/1 ... eo-codecs/

AV1 is different from AVC/H.264 because it:
  • Uses next-generation compression technology that is nearly twice as efficient
  • Can transmit high-quality video faster over the internet
  • Has no licensing fees; anyone can compress and decode video files without paying royalties
  • Can deliver higher-quality experiences to end users, even when bandwidth is constrained
https://research.mozilla.org/av1-media-codecs/

You can evidently create the file type right now using FFMPEG, but encoding is very slow, something that is owed to how new the codec is. Hopefully this will be THE standard by 2020.

Related:

* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AV1
* https://hackernoon.com/encoding-av1-700b6ee4210
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Re: AV1 video codec

#2 Post by SYSTEM » Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:58 pm

webfork wrote:
Sun Sep 30, 2018 1:50 pm
Hopefully this will be THE standard by 2020.
AV1 has good chances to make it there. It's royalty-free, and performs better (i.e. can achieve either better compression ratio or quality) than anything else. It would be stupid for companies and individuals not to utilize AV1.*

* (except for MPEG-LA members, who lose licensing money that way)
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