What truly distinguishes SheerVideo is its speed. SheerVideo encodes and decodes nearly instantaneously, faster than real time. In fact, on a high-end Mac G5 or PC, SheerVideo runs faster than real-time even for high-definition video.
SheerVideo is the fastest codec in the world. SheerVideo encodes 50 times faster than all other serious perfect-fidelity image codecs, including PNG , Microcosm, and PhotoJazz. SheerVideo compresses 3 times as fast as any serious broadcast-quality codecs, such as Apple's blisteringly fast implementations of Photo JPEG or Motion JPEG. SheerVideo even compresses 7 times as fast as prosumer-quality codecs such as DV.
Not only is SheerVideo the fastest codec in the world, it's also faster than any storage device or affordable transmission channel. Compared to reading or writing uncompressed video, SheerVideo can more than double the effective speed of the fastest hard disk or tape drive on the fly, making it possible to stream uncompressed-quality standard-definition video to or from a single ordinary cheap hard disk, or high-definition video to or from a RAID of a couple cheap SATA disks, while encoding or decoding on the fly in real time. Likewise, SheerVideo can more than double the effective speed of a dedicated gigabit Ethernet line, HD-SDI cable, or OC-24 optical link, while encoding and decoding on the fly in real time, making it possible to stream uncompressed-quality HD video over a FireWire 800 cable.
With SheerVideo's super-fast compression, you save precious time whenever you decode, edit, or encode. So instead of waiting, you can spend more time doing the things you really enjoy.
The next three pages give a detailed look at the compression and decompression speeds, on a vintage 1 GHz G4, of uncompressed-quality SheerVideo in comparison to other serious uncompressed-quality codecs, to broadcast-quality codecs, and to prosumer-quality codecs.