HEVC Video Codecs Comparison
(Tenth MSU Video Codecs Comparison)

in cooperation
Lomonosov MSU
Graphics & Media Lab
(Video Group)

Video group head:
Dr. Dmitriy Vatolin

Project head:
Dr. Dmitriy Kulikov

Measurements, analysis:
Mikhail Erofeev,
Vladimir Yanushkovsky

Dubna State University
Institute for Information
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UPDATE 22/02/2016 4K video encoders comparison is anounced

There is Pro Version of HEVC Comparison 2015 report:

Free Version Free 4K video Version Pro Version (Enterprise) Pro+ Version (Enterprise + 4K video analysis)
Objective Metrics SSIM SSIM, PSNR
Different types of analysis
Encoding quality, encoding speed, bitarte handling, speed/quality analysis etc. Encoding quality, encoding speed, bitarte handling, speed/quality analysis etc. (some graphs)
ColorPlanes Y Y, U, V and overall
Graphs Some graphs All the graphs for all the metrcis, codecs and presets
Test video sequences 20 HD video (only description) 11 4K video (only description) 20 HD video (available for download) 20 HD video (available for download) + 11 4K video
Hardware used for analysis Desktop and
Server configurations
Desktop configurations Desktop and
Server configurations
Tested uses-cases 3 different use cases:
Fast Transcoding, Universal and Ripping (some graphs)
1 use case 10 fps ecnoding(some graphs) 3 different use cases:
Fast Transcoding, Universal and Ripping
3 different use cases:
Fast Transcoding, Universal and Ripping + 1 use case 10 fps ecnoding
Number of figures 29 11 5000+ 5500+
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Report Overview

Video Codecs that Were Tested

  • HEVC
  • f265 H.265 Encoder
  • Intel MSS HEVC GAcc
  • Intel MSS HEVC Software
  • Ittiam HEVC Hardware Encoder
  • Ittiam HEVC Software Encoder
  • Strongene Lentoid HEVC Encoder
  • SHBP H.265 Real time encoder
  • x265
  • Non HEVC
  • InTeleMax TurboEnc
  • SIF Encoder
  • VP9 Video Codec
  • x264

  • Overview

    Objectives and Testing Tools

    HEVC Codec Testing Objectives

    The main goal of this report is the presentation of a comparative evaluation of the quality of new HEVC codecs and codecs of other standards using objective measures of assessment. The comparison was done using settings provided by the developers of each codec. Nevertheless, we required all presets to satisfy minimum speed requirement on the particular use case. The main task of the comparison is to analyze different encoders for the task of transcoding video—e.g., compressing video for personal use.

    HEVC Codec Testing Rools

    The comparison was performed on two platforms:
  • Desktop—Core i7 4770R @3.9 GHz, RAM 4 GB, Windows 8.1
  • Server—Xeon E5 2697v3, RAM 64 GB, Windows Server 2012
  • For both platforms we considered three key use cases with different speed requirements.
  • Desktop
    • Ripping—no minimum speed
    • Universal—minimum 10 FPS
    • Fast transcoding—minimum 30 FPS
  • Server
    • Ripping—no minimum speed
    • Universal—minimum 30 FPS
    • Fast transcoding—minimum 60 FPS
  • Overall Conclusions

    Overall, the leaders in this comparison are x265, Intel MSS Hevc and x264! Here are some overall graphs from report:
    Speed/Quality trade-off for Riping use-case (Y-SSIM metric)
    Average bitrate for Fast transcoding use-case (Y-SSIM metric)
    Average bitrate for Fast transcoding use-case (Y-SSIM metric)

    Professional Versions of Comparison Report

    HEVC Comparison Report Pro 2015 version contains:
  • Additional objective metrics (PSNR, SSIM)
  • All metrics results for all colorplanes (Y,U,V and overall)
  • Results for all the sequences, codecs and presets used in comparison
  • Much more figures
  • etc.

  • Acknowledgments

    The Graphics & Media Lab Video Group would like to express its gratitude to the following companies for providing the codecs and settings used in this report:
  • InTeleMax, Inc.
  • Intel Corporation
  • Ittiam Sysytems (P) Ltd.
  • Strongene Ltd.
  • ”System house ”Business partners” company
  • SIF Encoder developper team
  • The WebM Project team
  • x264 developer team
  • MulticoreWare, Inc.
  • The Video Group would also like to thank these companies for their help and technical support during the tests.


    Special thanks to the following contributors of our previous comparisons

    Google Intel AMD NVidia
    ATI Adobe ISPhone dicas
    KDDI R&D labs Dolby Tata Elxsi Octasic
    Qualcomm Voceweb Elgato

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    Last updated: 20-December-2019

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