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AV1 Video Samples Now Available on YouTube & Netflix

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We first coated AV1 royalty-free, open supply video codec in 2016, which with backing from corporations like Google, Amazon, Intel, Microsoft, and lots of others with the goal to compete with H.265, and decrease the price of delivering video each because of a greater compression ratio, and the shortage of royalties.

Since then progress has been made, with AV1 specs launched final March, and now each YouTube and Netflix are providing some beta AV1 video samples for testing.

Youtube AV1 Video samplesClick on to Enlarge

If you wish to play some movies in AV1 format in YouTube as I did within the screenshot above, you’d want to put in a really current (beta) model of Chrome or Firefox, comply with the opposite directions as defined in YouTube’s AV1 beta playlist:

Help for AV1 in MP4 inside Media Supply is obtainable in Chrome 70, and Firefox 63 builds newer than September 13 with the media.av1.enabled pref set.

Utilizing a supported browser and selecting the ‘Prefer AV1 for SD’ setting on youtube.com/testtube, it is best to see AV1 used for these movies when enjoying lower than 480p, switching to VP9 for larger resolutions.

YouTube AV1Click on to Enlarge

So keep in mind that for now the samples are solely out there at 480p solely, and the bitrate is pretty excessive for now, however that is for testing… Ensure you see “Codecs av01” within the Stats for Nerds overlay. Should you don’t and as an alternative see avc1 or vp09, one thing shouldn’t be proper.

If you wish to obtain the pattern for native use, I assume you might possible achieve this with any video downloader, so I attempted with youtube-dl command line software in Ubuntu 18.04:

However sadly it filters out video with AV1 codec because the utility by no means heard about “av01.0.05M.08” codec. Ubuntu repo doesn’t often include the very newest model of instruments, so as an alternative let’s get the one offered by the developer:

And we will now discover AV1 “av01” samples within the record of video codecs:

Let’s attempt to obtain format 399 with AV1 codec and 1920×1080 decision:

This seems good, however  let’s have a fast examine to verify the video information:

Good. Since I’m now conscious of a 1080p AV1 video, I additionally went again to Chrome and set “Always Prefer AV1”, and my laptop computer – based mostly on AMD Ryzen 7 2700U processor – might play the video pretty properly more often than not, however for some sequence on the 9 seconds mark the place the video turned uneven for a number of seconds regardless of general CPU utilization remaining low, and no buffering points. Observe that decoding seems to rely on two threads max at this stage.

I don’t have a Netflix account, however in accordance with Anandtech, the corporate is providing a single video starting from 432p to 1080p in Eight-bit or 10-bit shade depth.

AV1 Adoption TimelineClick on to Enlarge

Anandtech additionally shared a timeline for AV1 adoption, and whereas we will anticipate AV1 in desktop net browser pretty quickly, the primary units – e.g. TV packing containers – with silicon able to dealing with AV1 (by hardware) ought to turn out to be out there in 2020.