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    So why is Rav1e as slow as it is? How can it be sped up to real-time? Threads? Chunk-based encoding?

    From what I understood from T.Daede’s presentation when it was new, is that its speed advantage comes from being brutally simple, such as only using the smallest transform.

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      The reference implementation is purely for accuracy, and doens’t care about speed at all.

      They also don’t have --release in their README; I wonder if this number was created without it, if so, doing just that should show anywhere from 2x-100x improvements.

      EDIT: sent a PR for the README; they said their test scripts use it, so that must not be the case.