Dav1d decoder now supports entire AV1 specification

Originally published at: https://www.myce.com/news/dav1d-decoder-now-supports-entire-av1-specification-85510/

Free AV1 decoder, Dav1d, now covers the entire AV1 specifications for both 8-bit and 10-bit color depth. The decoder is also much faster than the reference codec developed by Alliance for Open Media and could be integrated into Firefox as soon as the beginning of next year.

AV1 has the potential to be up to 20% better than the HEVC codec, but the patents license is totally free, while HEVC patents licenses are insanely high and very confusing.

Worth pointing out that on the production side of it at least commercial releases of streaming/downloadable media using HEVC were made royalty free, only physical media still requires royalties. Can’t recall the last article I read that highlighted this though, not sure many are even aware of it.

Good to read this implementation of AV1 is speedier though. A recent talk discussed how slow the reference encoder was (eventually improving from frames per day to per hour), which made it infeasible for practical use currently.