The 2004 Codec Shoot-Out@ 2004/12/31
After writing this I'm going to have a beer: The 2004 codec shoot-out is finished. This time there are 10 codecs, I've included the source in the comparison (not only as pictures but I actually also reviewed it), and there are a lot of codecs in there that you'll only be able to get in the future: a brand-new 3ivX, a glimpse from the upcoming DivX6, 3 MPEG-4 AVC codecs, and an almost finished XviD 1.1. And as a special bonus: the first ever MPEG-4 AVC High Profile codec.
The high profile was just ratified last month, but one codec maker managed to deliver not only a working, but an actually usable codec (well, turns out it's a lot more than just usable but you'll have to read the article to find out more). So after 5 days of almost non stop encoding on two PCs, about 12h worth of review, about 6.5 hours of excruciating screenshot making pain, and hours upon hours of writing I'm glad to be able to say "it's done". Enjoy..