I wannsa see some 'fr-instances'... like 'here is a 100mb uncompressed video file...here it is compressed with H264, Mpeg, Pro-Res and their file sizes and respective qualities... now HEEEERE, is our NEW .thor compression... LOOK how good the quality and MY how LOW the file size is!!!'
I believe the point might be getting missed...
One could hope a new solution/technology is superior but again... that's not the (presumed) underlying point of the Thor codec.
As a caviet I wouldn't suggest that an additional goal wouldn't also be to improve the technology (as I'm sure anyone solving the problem would desire that too) but the PRIMARY POINT of the Thor codec appears to be achieving a PATENT FREE codec that everyone can use without free of legal ramifications (i.e. no one can sue you because you've used the technology in your code).**
This should better explain the reason... or necessity if you prefer... to LEGALLY define every minute detail of the codec.
This also might explain why there are likely more legal consultants on the Thor codec project than programmers.
To the end user that expects usage without concern for the patents involved this wont resonate very deeply but for those concerned that the code they are putting into their programs could have serious ramifications it might ease their minds a bit.
And the technicalities in this realm will rule the day because those are the constraints that must be worked.
A little more explanation (although almost as technical) can be found here:
(Non-technical types should probably avoid this as it won't serve much of a useful purpose)
I believe the entire part of the presentation that relates directly to Thor codec ends about 34 minutes into the presentation although following presentations do relate to video/codecs.
Note: It takes a little while for the show to get started.
For Matt: This does get into technicalaiies and comparisons of other comparable codecs (VP9/H265) and at about 25 minutes into the video there is a compression comparison chart.
I'm not suggesting you actually give this a look... only that the information you suggest would be most useful is starting to appear and the codec is developed.
**This doesn't mean Cisco doesn't have other longer term goals that make development/support of the patent free video codec advantageous to them financially. I assume there they have carefully calculated their ROI.
Added: It's interesting to note who the questioners are in the audience and what they offer to bring to the project.
Edited by Rodney, 12 August 2015 - 11:51 AM.
Minor edits for clarification/refinement