Mpeg4 Avc h264 Video Codecs Comparison

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  • MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 Video Codecs Comparison

    Video group head: Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin Project head: Dr. Dmitriy Kulikov Measurements, analysis: Marat Arsaev

    Codecs:

    H.264

    o DivX H.264

    o Elecard H.264

    o Intel Ivy Bridge QuickSync (GPU encoder)

    o MainConcept H.264 (software)

    o MainConcept H.264 (CUDA based encoder)

    o MainConcept H.264 (OpenCL based encoder)

    o DiscretePhoton

    o x264

    Non H.264 o XviD (MPEG-4 ASP codec)

    May 2012

    CS MSU Graphics&Media Lab, Video Group

    http://www.compression.ru/video/codec_comparison/index_en.html

    videocodec-testing@graphics.cs.msu.ru

    This is Free version of report it contains mainly average Y-SSIM graphs and few graphs for separate video sequences. It is for video codec users. Enterprise version contains up to 2000 graphs for all the video sequences, metrics, color-planes and much more. It is for video codec professional users and developers.

  • VIDEO MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 CODECS COMPARISON MOSCOW, MAY 2012

    CS MSU GRAPHICS & MEDIA LAB VIDEO GROUP FREE VERSION

    http://www.compression.ru/video/ 2

    Contents

    Contents .................................................................................................................... 2

    1 Acknowledgments ............................................................................................. 4

    2 Overview ........................................................................................................... 5

    2.1 Sequences .....................................................................................................................5

    2.2 Codecs ...........................................................................................................................6

    3 Objectives and Testing Rules ............................................................................ 7

    3.1 H.264 Codec Testing Objectives ...................................................................................7

    3.2 Testing Rules .................................................................................................................7

    4 Comparison Results .......................................................................................... 9

    4.1 Video Conferences ........................................................................................................9

    4.1.1 RD Curves ............................................................................................................9 4.1.2 Encoding Speed ................................................................................................. 11 4.1.3 Speed/Quality Trade-Off .................................................................................... 12 4.1.4 Bitrate Handling ................................................................................................. 15 4.1.5 Local Bitrate Handling ........................................................................................ 16 4.1.6 Relative Quality Analysis ................................................................................... 19

    4.2 Movies ........................................................................................................................ 21

    4.2.1 RD Curves ......................................................................................................... 21 4.2.2 Encoding Speed ................................................................................................. 26 4.2.3 Speed/Quality Trade-Off .................................................................................... 29 4.2.4 Bitrate Handling ................................................................................................. 35 4.2.5 Relative Quality Analysis ................................................................................... 41

    4.3 HDTV .......................................................................................................................... 46

    4.3.1 RD Curves ......................................................................................................... 46 4.3.2 Encoding Speed ................................................................................................. 50 4.3.3 Speed/Quality Trade-Off .................................................................................... 56 4.3.4 Bitrate Handling ................................................................................................. 63 4.3.5 Relative Quality Analysis ................................................................................... 69

    4.4 Conclusions ................................................................................................................ 74

    4.4.1 Video Conference .............................................................................................. 74 4.4.2 Movies ................................................................................................................ 74 4.4.3 HDTV ................................................................................................................. 75 4.4.4 Overall Conclusions ........................................................................................... 77 4.4.5 Codec Conclusions ............................................................................................ 77

    1 Appendix 1. Test Set of Video Sequences ....................................................... 79

    1.1 Videoconference Sequences ...................................................................................... 79

    1.1.1 Deadline........................................................................................................... 79 1.1.2 Developers 4CIF .............................................................................................. 80 1.1.3 Developers 720p ............................................................................................. 81 1.1.4 Presentation .................................................................................................... 82 1.1.5 Business .......................................................................................................... 83

    1.2 Movie Sequences ....................................................................................................... 84

    1.2.1 City ................................................................................................................... 84 1.2.2 Indiana Jones .................................................................................................. 85 1.2.3 State Enemy .................................................................................................... 86 1.2.4 Crew ................................................................................................................ 87 1.2.5 Harbour ............................................................................................................ 88 1.2.6 Ice Skating ....................................................................................................... 89 1.2.7 Soccer.............................................................................................................. 90 1.2.8 Race Horses .................................................................................................... 91 1.2.9 Party Scene ..................................................................................................... 92

  • VIDEO MPEG-4 AVC/H.264 CODECS COMPARISON MOSCOW, MAY 2012

    CS MSU GRAPHICS & MEDIA LAB VIDEO GROUP FREE VERSION

    http://www.compression.ru/video/ 3

    1.2.10 Ice Age ........................................................................................................ 93

    1.3 HDTV Sequences ....................................................................................................... 94

    1.3.1 Park Joy ........................................................................................................... 94 1.3.2 Riverbed .......................................................................................................... 95 1.3.3 Troy .................................................................................................................. 96 1.3.4 Stockholm ........................................................................................................ 97 1.3.5 Rush Hour ....................................................................................................... 98 1.3.6 Blue Sky........................................................................................................... 99 1.3.7 Station............................................................................................................ 100 1.3.8 Sunflower ....................................................................................................... 101 1.3.9 Tractor ........................................................................................................... 102 1.3.10 Big Buck Bunny ......................................................................................... 103 1.3.11 Elephants Dream ...................................................................................... 104 1.3.12 Water drops ............................................................................................... 105 1.3.13 Capitol ....................................................................................................... 106 1.3.14 Parrots ....................................................................................................... 107 1.3.15 Citybus ...................................................................................................... 108 1.3.16 Underwater ......................................