Daala is in pre-pre alpha stage but that hasn’t stopped xiph.org from letting the world know about the newest codec that is coming up. It’s called Daala which outperforms High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) or H.265 radically improving performance and quality, doubling H.264.

On May 30th 2013, our in-development Daala prototype encoded and decoded its first streams. Two hours later, Mozilla’s David “oneman” Richards streamed the first live Daala video over the Internet. Although the project is still pre-pre-alpha, I think it’s time to introduce Daala to the world.

This could pave the way for higher quality streaming video without the large bandwidth increase. I for one know how fast bandwidth gets eaten up while watching Netflix on HD. This hopefully gets adopted quickly!

On the Xiph page, it details exactly what they are doing and how, if you would like to read on and get the nitty gritty technical details check out this link. Here.

I don’t know a whole lot about video decoding or how digital video works in general. The best way to get acquainted with how it all works on the inside is through a video series on Xiph that will help the geek in you fully understand what is happening in a technical but accessible way.

Here is part 1
Here is part 2