The last few months brought us a plethora of presentations, blogposts and articles (as you can read in our previous one) about the new AV1 codec. As of January 2018, the codec’s bitstream has been fixed by its working group, the Alliance for Open Media, meaning that companies can start integrating this new, promising standard into their products.
However, it might not be clear what exactly to expect from it, when to prefer it over the HEVC codec (the current industry standard) or when they should make the switchover. A lot has changed since AV1 was first announced in 2015 and HEVC still hasn’t fully replaced its own predecessor AVC. Given the highly dynamic and political environment around these video codecs, the time has come to shine a light on both HEVC and AV1 and compare them from different perspectives that actually matter to the user.