I am very skeptical and the YouTube videos he made were posted almost a year ago and yet I can't find any independent tests for ZPEG.
Neither can I, and that's why I wanted to make this post. Virtually no one knows about it. I want to see some third-party opinions from people who are better experts than me, or reviews, or discussions, or tests, or debunks, or just something. This is the first time I've been interested in a technology so obscure that a Google search can't tell me more about it. I didn't believe the claims at first either.
That encoder is only for real time demonstrations and what is needed is an encoder that can compress video to a file.
You don't need a file to measure the compression ratio, right? You can just monitor the amount of data sent over IP? (That's assuming you don't trust what the program's telling you.) At least you can check out the VQ and the CPU usage. But you're right, it's not exactly very useful to the average member of this forum until you can save it as a file.
Even for a multi-billion dollar company it is very hard to make a video compression format successful. For example VP8 has had limited success and it is supported by both Google and open source advocates.
From what I read about it on Wikipedia, VP8 doesn't really seem to offer any clear advantages over competing formats besides being free, but that's besides the point. You're right. The developer himself told me all about how hard it was. I really don't believe making this forum post will have any impact on its success in the industry. Even if it does die without a chance, I could still see a small community of people using it for archival purposes due to its high VQ and compression ratio. I know I'll be using it for my own selfish purposes if they ever release a file format and/or codec for it.
The company helped develop the original AVI container but without independent testing I wouldn't put much hope in ZPEG.
Well, that sucks.
I had hoped to get someone on this forum interested in doing some testing of their own, but I'm sure the type of testing you're referring to would be much more official, formal, scientific, academic, professional, and maybe even peer-reviewed.