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Format war - HEVC vs AV1, include still images also
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    https://people.xiph.org/~tdaede/av1stilldemo/

    Actual difference is tiny.

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    Also HEVC still images (<=8K res) decoding is actually present in hardware (by AMD, NVidia and Intel).

    But reducing patent payment is goal number one here and end users damages are not important.

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  • Native AV1 decoder fro Windows 10 released (beta for now)

    Play AV1 videos on your Windows 10 device. This extension is an early beta version of the AV1 software decoder that lets you play videos that have been encoded using the AV1 video coding standard developed by the Alliance for Open Media. Since this is an early release, you might see some performance issues when playing AV1 videos. We’re continuing to improve this extension.

    https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/av1-video-extension-beta/9mvzqvxjbq9v?activetab=pivot%3Aregionofsystemrequirementstab

  • Mozilla to release in few days Firefox 65 with support of AV1.

    Expect new huge impact on your battery life (non accelerated decoding is around 20-25x times less energy efficient at CPU level) as video provider try to avoid patent payments for HEVC and H.264.

  • Intel SVT-AV1

    Intel’s new encoder, called Scalable Video Technology AOMedia Video 1 (SVT-AV1), aims to fill the role of a good CPU-based encoding software tool until dedicated AV1 encoders are ready for prime time. The encoder supports the Linux, macOS and Windows operating systems.

    https://github.com/OpenVisualCloud/SVT-AV1

    Another option is http://www.jbkempf.com/blog/post/2018/Introducing-dav1d

    It is all very bad, as companies like to do another copy of a copy to not pay some patent fees.

    Triumph of parasites.

  • From compression.ru tests

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  • Look at main users:

    • YouTube
    • Netflix has lot of plans
    • Facebook also
    • Twitch

    What is common? It is companies who are delivery companies! For them it is not only less license payments that matter.
    For them each saved percentage on file size cost tens of millions of dollars.

    For now AV1 encoders are much inferior for real usage, but for delivery companies it does not matter much. Some of them like Youtube just will be using custom hardware solutions, and Netflix also uses extreme high quality encoding to save as much on bitrate as they can.

  • On Firefox AV1 support and decoder improvements

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