"HD" Hangouts requirements are ludicrous:
To send HD video, you’ll need:
A CPU with at least four logical cores (for example an i5 with HyperThreading)
WHAT. That's unbelievable. I understand wanting to move to an open codec. I think open source is the wave of the future. However, you can't just mandate this codec when it's obviously more CPU intensive than it's H.264 counterpart. I understand that VP8/9 allows you to use more web friendly programming, and add cute little hats to people's heads in the Hangout. But I'd take HD over any of that "fun the first time you do it" additions.
Why not write an encoder that can work with Intel/nVidia GPU to hardware accelerate the compression? Right now, I can run 1080p HD Skype on an Intel Core 2 Duo T9400 2.53GHz without issue. And it looks gorgeous
. With Hangouts? It brings my machine to a grinding halt. This is on a Logitech C920 camera.
What webcam are Googlers using with this new VP8 based Hangouts??? It can't be a hardware accelerating camera like mine above.
There is a solution, but I just don't see Google doing it. Release an HD webcam that can do hardware VP8/9 encoding. Take the stress off the CPU so that I can actually screen share, or do remote troubleshooting. Either make it a standalone camera that plugs into ethernet and HDMI (NO WIFI!!!!!!!!) or release a true Android TV device with a camera attachment (again, NO WIFI!!!!!).
I'm sorry that this seems so bossy, but I want to believe that Google wants to make their products the best they can be. But lately, it just seems like a half hearted attempt.