[FFmpeg-user] when to use 10bit

Francois Visagie francois.visagie at gmail.com
Thu Oct 20 10:08:42 EEST 2016

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> From: ffmpeg-user [mailto:ffmpeg-user-bounces at ffmpeg.org] On Behalf Of
> George Nistor
> Sent: 20 October 2016 06:13
> To: ffmpeg-user at ffmpeg.org
> Subject: [FFmpeg-user] when to use 10bit
> Hello Ffmpeg-users,
> I have a general question.
> When makes sense to use 10 bit for video encoding?
> Does it make any difference at high kbps? For more than 3000 kbps it is seen
> a difference in more quality (acuracy) of the colors?

In my view, there are two more important considerations:
1. If the source is 10-bit video, encode it as such to preserve precision
2. You may want to consider encoding lower bit-depth source to 10 bits if the source contains flat gradients that may show banding after denoising and/or quantisation at the chosen bitrate.

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> Best regards,
>  George                          mailto:georgenistor at zoho.com
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