Originally Posted by x265
x265 development is going well. x265 is often able to exceed the HM reference encoder in quality, with performance that is orders of magnitude faster. The x265 HEVC encoder is easily able to encode with quality / compression efficiency that far exceeds the best H.264 encoder available, x264. We've just passed the 0.7 milestone. Although we have more algorithmic improvement and performance optimization on the development roadmap ahead, x265 is quite usable today, and it includes many advanced features.
It would be reasonable to expect mobile phones and other hardware to support HEVC playback by the end of 2014. I agree that 10 bit/sample playback will be something you'll want to look for in home theater (UHD) media players.
Yes, I know it is going well and my comment was not a criticiscm. More a realistic evaluation of where it is at currently.
In my opinion it does not yet outperform x264. The output is much too soft, especially in regards to skin textures etc. I don't think one could say that it outperforms x264 if all the fine details are smudged even at identical bitrates.
That's fine, it is expected, and I can see that it gets better every milestone. As I said, it is not a criticism, more an explanation of why it's not necessary right now for HEVC in a media player. By the time that x265 or other encoders are delivering compelling efficiency, I am sure that there will be much more to report in regards to media players and set-top boxes.