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Part 4. Final part

Informal codecs comparison

As one can see on the diagrams above different codecs show significantly different results for different sequences. That happens because all the represented sequences have different character (motion, noise e.t.c.). This fact allows to define which codecs do well with any kind of video sequences and which provide good results only for some class of sequences. However it would be interesting to find out general characteristics of each codec on the whole testing set.

We decided that averaging resulting values for all the sequences won’t be correct and suggested an informal estimation where every codec is given some score depending on the results of its measurement.

Informal comparison rules

Informal comparison results

bankomatdi

battle

bbc3di

foreman

susidi

total

place

Ateme

3

3

3

2

3

14

1

DivX

2

2

2

2

3

11

2

Fraunhofer

1

2

2

2

1

8

4,5

MainConcept

-

1

-

1

-

2

n/a

Moonlight

1

2

1

2

2

8

4,5

MpegableAVC

2

2

2

2

2

10

3

Videosoft

2

2

2

3

1

10

3

bankomatdi

battle

bbc3di

foreman

susidi

total

place

U

V

U

V

U

V

U

V

U

V

Ateme

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

3

30

1

DivX

1

1

2

2

1

1

2

1

2

1

14

5,6

Fraunhofer

1

2

1

1

2

2

1

2

1

1

14

5,6

MainConcept

-

-

2

2

-

-

2

2

-

-

8

n/a

Moonlight

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

20

3

MpegableAVC

2

1

2

2

2

2

2

1

2

1

17

4

Videosoft

2

2

2

2

2

2

2

3

2

2

21

2

bankomatdi

battle

bbc3di

foreman

susidi

Y-diff

Y

UV/2

total

place

Y-diff

Y-diff

Y-diff

Y-diff

Y-diff

Ateme

3

2

2

1

2

10

14

15

39

1

DivX

3

3

3

3

3

15

11

7

33

2

Fraunhofer

1

2

2

2

1

8

8

7

23

6

MainConcept

-

3

-

2

-

5

2

4

11

n/a

Moonlight

2

2

2

2

2

10

8

10

28

5

MpegableAVC

2

2

3

2

1

10

10

8.5

28.5

4

Videosoft

2

1

2

2

2

9

10

10.5

29.5

3

Common conclusion

10 Mar 2011
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