AV1 Codec Library libaom 3.0-rc1 Released
Written by Michael Larabel in Multimedia on 18 March 2021 at 07:12 AM EDT. 8 Comments
MULTIMEDIA --
Google has released libaom 3.0.0-rc1 as the AOMedia AV1 Codec Library.

A few weeks back Google released libaom 2.1-rc1 but now they have decided to re-brand the version 2.1 release to v3.0.

Compared to that earlier 2.1-rc1 release, libaom 3.0-rc1 has several "critical fixes" and that seems to be the motivation for bumping it to the v3.0 milestone with the codec ABI being bumped as well.

New to the 2.1/3.0 release are compression efficiency improvements, speed improvements in the real-time mode, new APIs, a speed "9" setting for faster real-time encoding, multi-threading improvements, and a number of bug fixes.

For those curious about the libaom 3.0 AV1 video encode performance, we have benchmarks on OpenBenchmarking.org of 2.1-rc1 which as mentioned is basically v3.0.

The AV1 Codec Library 3.0-rc1 release is available via Google Source.
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