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MSU Video Codecs Comparison 2021

Sixteen Annual Worldwide Video Codecs Comparison

Deepest codecs review: 5 reports, including subjective with 1000+ viewers and 7000+ charts

Video group head: Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin
Project head: Dr. Dmitriy Kulikov
Measurements, analysis: Dr. Mikhail Erofeev,
Anastasia Antsiferova,
Egor Sklyarov,
Alexander Yakovenko,
Nickolay Safonov

Applications for 4K and FPGA/Ultra-fast encoders comparisons are open!

To apply for a competition, please visit call-for-codecs page and fill in a form or contact us by e-mail



  • 06.09.2021: application for 4K and Ultra-fast extended till September, 30
  • 22.05.2021: FullHD application timeline extended till June, 14
  • 01.05.2021: Call for codecs published
  • 20.04.2021: Call for appliance

Comparison parts

FullHD comparison 2021 Subjective comparison 2021 4K comparison 2021
50+ FullHD videos,
full-reference objective quality metrics

Applications: May, 1 - June, 14
Approx. release: October, 7

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Subjective comparison conducted on platform

Applications: June, 1 - June, 30
Approx. release: October, 7

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Comparison on high-resolution video sequences

Applications: August, 1 - October, 10
Approx. release: November-December

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Special comparisons
FPGA/Hardware-accelerated and Ultra-fast encoders comparison Cloud transcoding services comparison Comparison using UGC videos and other specific content
Applications: from May, 1

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Applications: from June, 1

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Applications: from May, 1

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Call for appliance 2021

All industry professionals will know about your codec success!

If you want to participate in MSU Codecs Comparisons 2021, please visit call-for-codecs page and fill in the appliance form, or contact us via e-mail.

We are open to any suggestions for 2021 comparison: use this form for any proposals. Your contribution is very important for comparison improvement!


Special thanks to the following contributors of our previous comparisons
Google Intel AMD NVidia
ATI Adobe ISPhone dicas
KDDI R&D labs Dolby Tata Elxsi Octasic
Qualcomm Voceweb Elgato Telecast
Huawei MainConcept Vitec Tencent

in cooperation
Lomonosov MSU
Graphics & Media Lab
(Video Group)
Dubna State University
Institute for Information
Transmission Problems RAS

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Last updated: 09-September-2021

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Project sponsored by YUVsoft Corp.

Project supported by MSU Graphics & Media Lab