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

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MSU Graphics & Media Lab (Video Group)

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


Codecs that Were Tested

  • Dicas H.264
  • Elecard H.264
  • Intel IPP H.264
  • MainConcept H.264
  • x264
  • XviD (MPEG-4 ASP codec)

  • 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.
  • Provided decoders or JM 9.8 reference decoder were 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 usage areas.
  • Video sequences that were used in this comparison:
  • "Akiyo" (standard sequence)
  • "Foreman" (standard sequence)
  • "Paris" (standard sequence)
  • "Stefan" (standard sequence)
  • "Indiana Jones" (part of "Indiana Jones" movie)
  • "Battle" (part of "Terminator-2" movie)
  • "State Enemy" (part of "Enemy of the State" movie)
  • "Wendys" (uncompressed progressive)
  • "Mobile Calendar" (uncompressed progressive)
  • "Pedestrian Area" (uncompressed progressive)
  • "Stockholm" (uncompressed progressive)
  • "Troy" (part of "Troy" HDTV movie)

  • Different Comparison Versions

    Short version of report is now available at website for free download (80 pages, 86 figures). There are two types of customized versions:
  • Free Version
  • Mainly 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
  • SSIM as objective quality metric mainly
  • Over-years comparison based on x264
  • One Pass High Qualty encdoing analysis description
  • Full Version (Free now!)
  • All from Free Users Edition
  • RD curves for all the usage areas
  • Absolute encoding speed charts for all the usage areas
  • Bitrate handling graphs for all the usage areas
  • All sequences for all the usage areas
  • SSIM and PSNR RD curves individually for all the sequences
  • Relative Bitrate/Relative Speed graphs individually for the all sequences
  • Per-frame analysis
  • Specific Analysis Methods (Synthetic sequences)
  • Full one Pass High Qualty encdoing analysis
  • All sequences, used in this comparison are provided with Pro version of report.

    You can download all versions in Download section.

    Download & Contribution

    Dear video codec professionals!
    You can support this comparison by buying Full Version of the report our report. This contribution will help us:
    • To continue this comparison without any participation fees (this is important for x264 and XviD AVC next year)
    • To avoid comparison sponsorship by codecs' developers
    • To keep comparison detailed and useful
    Thank you for your contribution in advance!

    Fifth MSU MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codec Comparison
    Free Version 80 pages, 86 figures
    Download PDF (2.37 Mb)
    Full Version 204 pages, 279 figures
    All the graphs, all the types of analysis, all the sequences
    Download PDF (2.8 Mb)
    or support us by purchasing
    See also previous Fourth Annual MSU MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codec Comparison


    Special thanks to the following contributors of our previous comparisons

    Google Voceweb Adobe
    Intel AMD Adobe KDDI R&D labs Tata Elxsi

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    Last updated: 12-May-2022

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    Project sponsored by YUVsoft Corp.

    Project supported by MSU Graphics & Media Lab