Re: [rtcweb] Proposal for H.263 baseline codec

Lorenzo Miniero <lorenzo@meetecho.com> Thu, 29 March 2012 12:29 UTC

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Date: Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:29:28 +0200
From: Lorenzo Miniero <lorenzo@meetecho.com>
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+1

Lorenzo


Il giorno Thu, 29 Mar 2012 14:15:35 +0200
Dean Willis <dean.willis@softarmor.com> ha scritto:

> In today's meeting I made a plea for a mandatory baseline codec that
> is approachable to the small developer without the cost and IPR risks
> of either H.264 or VP8.
> 
> I believe that some sort of baseline codec is required to jump start
> the protocol. It's OK if this isn't the best possible codec. Market
> forces will assure that commercial implementations converge on a
> higher quality when the market requires it.
> 
> While I proposed today that H.261 could serve as a baseline, we know
> this would be "extremely basic". In other words, it might not pass
> the "good enough to use" test required for a successful launch.
> 
> Stephane and several others suggested H.263 as an alternative during
> the after-meeting chat. While it is not as IPR-safe a choice as
> H.261, it is relatively mature and the known challenges have
> generally failed. Implementations are reasonably available and should
> make it possible for smaller implementers, students, and hobbyists to
> play ball. It's not all that network efficient and is outright piggy
> at higher resolutions, but it probably works "well enough to use."
> 
> So I propose we set H.263 as the baseline ( I expect a bit of
> profiling may be necessary to further qualify the baseline) and run
> with that for now. If the situation changes, we can always replace it
> before final publication. --
> Dean



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