After YouTube has been using the new free video codec AV1 for some time, Vimeo has now announced its support. AV1 allows streaming HD/UltraHD video at a reduced bit rate, which saves Vimeo a lot of money - especially since, unlike H.264 and H.265, no license fees have to be paid for its use.
The AV1 codec of the Alliance for Open Media, which includes heavyweights such as (Alliance for Open Media, which includes Google, Apple, Facebook, Netflix, Intel, Microsoft, Mozilla, IBM, Amazon), is up to 40% more effective than the HEVC/H.265 codec and thus far better than H.264. The current versions of the Firefox, Chrome and Opera browsers supported videos encoded by AV1 are native.
Vimeo uses Mozilla&s open source rav1e encoder to compress the videos. To start with, some videos from Vimeos Staff Picks will be available encoded via AV1 (if supported by your browser).
The spread of AV1 is also making good progress globally: already since April Netflix also works together with Intel on an AV1 software encoder, the open source SVT-AV1, which is available for Linux, Windows and MacOs. Netflix&s goal is to use AV1 for all its video streaming in the future.
And with the 4K Ultra-HD Set-top Box SoC RTS1311, Realtek has just announced the first AV1 hardware AV1 video decoder, so that - according to plan - the first devices with AV1 hardware decoding should also be available to end users in 2020.