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Fourth Annual MSU MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codec Comparison


For people, who make real research in field of high-end video compression and professionally use videocodecs

MSU Graphics & Media Lab (Video Group)

Project head: Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin
Testing, charts, analysis: Dmitriy Kulikov, Alexander Parshin

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Codecs that Were Tested


  • XviD (MPEG-4 ASP codec)
  • MainConcept H.264
  • Intel H.264
  • x264
  • AMD H.264
  • Artemis H.264

  • Comparison Rules


  • All codec options and presets were provided by codec authors
  • An important restriction on a preset is encoding time for it. A few iterations of compliance testing and preset optimization were made to meet the requirements.
  • JM 9.8 reference decoder was used to decode all encoded streams.
  • All objective metrics measurements were performed with MSU Video Quality Measurement Tool (Pro Version)
  • For each preset both speed and quality were measured

  • Comparison Content


  • Following metrics were measured:
  • PSNR (Y component)
  • SSIM (Y component)
  • Codecs were analyzed separately in the following types of application:
  • "Video Conferences"
  • "Movies"
  • "HDTV"
  • Individual codecs' settings were used for each of those application types.
  • Video sequences that were used in this comparison:
  • "Salesman" (standard sequence)
  • "Foreman" (standard sequence)
  • "News" (standard sequence)
  • "Battle" (part of "Terminator-2" movie)
  • "Smith" (part of "Mr. and Mrs. Smith")
  • "Iceage" (part of "Ice Age")
  • "lord of the rings" (part of "Lord of the Rings")
  • "Troy" (part of "Troy" HDTV movie)
  • "Matrix" (part of "The matrix" HDTV movie)

  • Different Comparison Versions



    Short version of report is now available at website for free download (70 pages, 76 figures). There are three customized versions:
  • Free Version
  • Base analysis for Movie usage area
  • RD curves
  • Relative Bitrate/Relative Speed graphs
  • Absolute encoding speed charts
  • Bitrate handling graphs
  • Short analysis for Video Conferences and HDTV (only average graphs)
  • Some common analysis for all the usage areas
  • PSNR as objective quality metric
  • Advanced Users Edition (Free now!)
  • All from Free Version
  • RD curves for all the usage areas
  • Relative Bitrate/Relative Speed graphs individually for all the usage areas
  • Some interesting per-frame comparison
  • Absolute encoding speed charts for all the usage areas
  • Bitrate handling graphs for all the usage areas
  • Enterprise (Pro) Edition (Free now!)
  • All from Advanced Users Edition
  • All sequences for all the usage areas
  • SSIM RD curves individually for each sequence from all the sequences
  • Relative Bitrate/Relative Speed graphs individually for each sequence from test set
  • Per-frame analysis
  • Specific Analysis Methods (Synthetic sequences)
  • All sequences, used in this comparison are provided with Pro version of report.

    You can download or purchase any version in Download section.


    Download & Contribution



    Dear video codec professionals!
    You can support this comparison by buying Professional Edition of the report or ordering the customized versions of our report. This contribution will help us: Thank you for your contribution in advance!

    Fourth Annual MSU MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codec Comparison
    Free Version 70 pages, 76 figures
    Download PDF (2.14 Mb)
    Advanced User Edition 96 pages, 106 figures
    More graphs, more analysis, more sequences
    Download PDF (1.9 Mb)
    or support us by purchasing
    Enterprise (Pro) Edition 162 pages, 213 figures
    All the graphs, all the types of analysis, all the sequences
    Download PDF (2.0 Mb)
    or support us by purchasing

    If you have a discount code please use this form (if you are a member of scientific/academic organization, please contact us).

    See also previous Third Annual MSU MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codec Comparison:

    Thanks


    Special thanks to the following contributors of our current comparison

    Google Voceweb Adobe
    Special thanks to the following contributors of our previous comparisons

    Intel AMD Adobe KDDI R&D labs Tata Elxsi

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