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An analysis of computational complexity is presented for an H.26L video decoder, based on extensive experiments on a general-purpose processor. In addition, platform-independent techniques to optimize an H.26L decoder implementation are given. Comparisons are carried out between our highly optimized version of H.26L, the public reference implementation of H.26L, and a highly optimized H.263+ implementation. Both QCIF and CIF-sized image sequences are used. The results show that with equal visual quality, the bit-rate savings range from 28% to 58%, while the frame decoding speed of H.26L is about 11% better than that of a highly optimized H.263+.