Originally Posted by H_TeXMeX_H
I've done my own comparisons, and I've seen many internet comparisons, and I'm sorry but, at the moment theora is the lowest quality of the major codecs, at the same file size or almost. I think if h264 will be taken down because of patents, development of theora will increase greatly, because people will realize that this is the way to go, and then maybe the quality will increase a lot.
You are probably correct - within the limits of the criteria you set.
The trouble is, unless you an demonstrate your standards, there is no way of assessing the value of this opinion. Of course, you have not represented it as objective. In the purely personal context of this thread, whatever you use has to be good enough for you alone - it does not have to satisfy anyone else.
OTOH: If you are able to demonstrate what you mean, then that may actually be useful in directing development of a free format for video. If you were that serious, you'd be doing this elsewhere.
.... what we really want is a free version of the VP8 codec. Google don't seem to be in a hurry though. (Theora is VP3.)
I guess there's no chance of repealing software patents, cuz that would be nice, easy solution.
We are in the process of doing just that in NZ
Existing patents (which must be in relation to a physical machine) will remain, but, should the select committee advise stand as it is, there will be no more.
The patent lawyers are currently massing to counter-attack.
Banning software patents entirely is the only way to be sure that ones own program is not infringing. Of course, there is still copyright - which lasts longer.
We have been lucky that general software and algorithms have never been patentable. The USA approach still hampers us whenever we want to use our patent-free stuff online.