Report: Flash, H.264, Windows Media trail RealVideo quality

“StreamingMedia.com today announced publication of two new research reports, ‘Proprietary Streaming Codecs, 2006’ and ‘Flash Codecs, 2006.’ The first report compares RealVideo and Windows Media with top Flash and Apple’s H.264 codecs, while the second compares the quality of Flash video codecs and encoding tools. The company found that quality of the best Flash and H.264 codecs still trailed RealVideo, often by a significant margin. ‘While the progress of H.264 and Flash codecs has been impressive,’ quipped report author Jan Ozer, ‘rumors of the demise of all other codecs have been greatly exaggerated.’ To research the reports, Ozer produced a 6-minute test file composed of 38 scenes representing typical business, sports, and entertainment videos, along with several animations and still image pans and zooms,” MacNN reports.

Full article with more info and links here.

“StreamingMedia.com on Monday announced the publication of two new reports that suggest that Apple’s QuickTime H.264 video encoding has gained ground on Microsoft Windows Media. The winner, however, was RealVideo,” Peter Cohen reports for MacCentral.

Full article here.

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37 Comments

  1. Uuuh, huuuuh….. I’ve watched video using all of these codecs, and Real’s is _only_ better than Windows Media. It’s far, far below a good H.264 movie.

    Oh yeah, and I love to watch Real video buffer all the time too. Great stuff there!

    MW: mind, as in what poor Mr. Cohen has lost.

  2. I suspect that this may be a case where the technical analysis gives one answer (or was doctored to give one answer . . .’StreamingMedia.com’?? . .Please,) but the empirical experience is much different. I can’t stand RealVideo.

  3. Beta did not become dominant in the consumer market, but had a death grip on the professional market right up until the digital revolution. Sony made a ton of money on high margin pro equipment with this technology.

    The 8mm and High 8 VCR/Camcorders were nothing but shrunken BetaMax units on Evaporated Metal Tape. The Digital 8 format still uses the BetaMax U transport.

    By the way, Sony invented the M transport and sold it to Matsushita. They in turn marketed it as VHS through their JVC and Panasonic brands. Sony used to have ads that said “Before we invented our system we invented theirs”.

  4. It’s funny how all of you guys try to dismiss as irrelevant or biased any reports that might indicate that Apple’s product or software is not the absolute best, but had the Apple product come out on top, you’d be seeing a ton of comments about how <insert snide, arrogant, elitist, ignorant, and outright stupid comment> the competition is. Pathetic.

  5. Cool.

    A “6-minute test file composed of 38 scenes representing typical business, sports, and entertainment videos, along with several animations and still image pans and zooms.”

    I wonder why video in RealVideo format looks so crummy on my Mac, when compared to QT H.264 and even WMV files? It must be my Mac, and those cheap Apple Cinema HD displays.

    I also wonder why video in RealVideo looks so crummy on my parent’s Sony Vaio, when compared to QT H.264 and WMV files> It must be Windows, or perhaps those cheap Sony displays.

    I wonder who sponsored the research report?

    It must be Real Networks.

    Tera Patricks
    Tera Talks

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