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Update best codec table

Sun Aug 20, 2017 9:08 pm

I just revisited the best codec for game, video and screen recording faq page.
I think it may be a bit outdated and could use an update.

I wanted to have an overview myself and recorded a spinning cube for one minute for comparison.
I tried the default codecs under the following conditions:
AVI 100% quality, 1920x1080@60FPS
  • NVENC(VBR): 60,9 MB / min
    H.264-CPU: 90,5 MB / min
    Xvid(VBR): 223 MB / min
    MPEG-1: 105 MB / min
    Motion-JPEG: 458 MB / min
    YV12: 9,03 GB / min
    RGB24: 9,72 GB / min

    PCM: 20,8 MB / min
    MPEG-1 L2@384kbps: 5,7 MB / min
    MPEG-1 L2@192kbps: 2,9 MB / min
MP4 100% quality, 1920x1080@60FPS
  • HEVC(NVENC): 56 MB / min
    H.264 (NVENC): 60,9 MB / min
    H.264 (CPU): 90,4 MB / min
    MPEG-4: 222 MB / min

    AAC: 1,5 MB / min
When reviewing the footage, I didn't experience any major quality differences, except for YV12 and RGB24, which had notable stuttering (not only due to playback issues), I'm guessing my HDD couldn't keep up. Also RGB24 was the only codec which captured the color correctly, all other codecs had a slightly darker color.
Thank you for reading my post. I hope you understand my "English".
I'm the German translator for some of Bandisoft's products and websites
(mostly Bandicut and Honeycam).

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