The thing about 10-bit

Right – 10 bit. Linked to source.

Alrighty, now that the community wants to start making 10-bit H.264 (a.k.a High 10 Profile [Hi10P]) encoding the norm, it means that the audience will need to start updating their codecs (or players), or be forced to contend with major artifacts in their videos.

Supposedly capable of better compression, yet improving on the video quality, so in theory nothing will be compromised. You’ll probably not see a huge reduction in video size, but it’ll probably be noticeable if you compare the sizes of entire series.

Of course, it’s only going to slow down the already miserable pace of the mainstream adoption of the .mkv format, so just expect to need to continue encoding into .mp4 to play on external video players for a while to come.

It’s time to upgrade.


3 thoughts on “The thing about 10-bit

    1. Guess we’ll all need to continue re-encoding every video for now. XD
      Well, the trouble will come when a normal 23″ monitor no longer cuts it…
      …instead you need a capacitative touch panel which will likely cost
      another arm and leg to purchase.

      So this is just the beginning of forced conformation. Lol

  1. I like the idea of 10-bit. I like overall smaller file sizes, I’ve never complained about file sizes but it’s always nice to be able to have a series take up less space while keeping the same amount of quality. There’s only one down side I can possibly think of. I can imagine that you are going to see more and more groups adopting it and it will be a while before they actually learn how to utilize it correctly. Which means we are going to get things that are just over compressed and actually do degrade quality. Of course any good encoder will figure it out and do their job right, I just hope that we wont see a surge of taking steps backwards in terms of quality.

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