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.

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“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.

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37 Comments

  1. To be fair, regardless of if you use windows or a mac, I think that the number of people who like Real Player is very small. A lot of people won’t have an opinion, they’ll just use what they’re given and not expect it to be good. Just look at the streamed apple keynotes and tell me real (at least for free) is anywhere near as good as that.

  2. to: hobbes:

    “RealMedia: buffering… buffering… buffering…”

    “Just because you have a slow connection or connect to a server with limited bandwidth doesn’t mean the codec is bad.”

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    5 megs down and 2 megs up says Real Video {sic} IS BAD. 3 macs and two dells agree – real video sucks fat-baby-cock! Who can argue with this? It’s ALWAYS sucked.

    H.264 may be in infancy, but it’s coming along, and it’s NOT APPLE’s SPEC! They may have adopted it to maintain it’s grounding – but didn’t the MPEG cats claim it’s superiority? I’m an MP#G-4 fan myself, and as someone who needs a good codec and maintains them for a living, maybe people who DON’T Do this For a Living should shut their pie holes and continue Trolling..

  3. I agree with S. Russell, though I would phrase it differently: If QuickTime performs well on a given network connection, and RealPlayer constantly bufffers on the same connection — then yes, that means its coding is inferior.

  4. realplayer annoys me to no end, and I always uninstall it if it somehow sneaks onto my system. However I did notice that the video looked better than WMVs on my system. However since I’ve gone to h.264 I haven’t had a chance to compare the two. (and I hope I never have to because I never want to see that rp software on my machine again)

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