What Is the File Extension 264?

by Blaise N. Blogtek

H.264 is a standardized video codec (coder/decoder), also known as MPEG4 AVC. It enables high-quality video, such as those found on iPods.

History

H.264/AVC was approved as a standard in May 2003. This represented an advancement from H.263, and specified higher quality at lower bandwidth than its predecessor.

Goals

H264 development intended to stream audio and video at half the rate of MPEG2 and H.263 standards.

Applications

Nero 7 and NeroDigital AVC use the H.264 decoder. Quicktime can encode videos using H.264 in both Windows and Mac OS X platforms.

Performance

The performance of H.264 AVC is very good when it comes to video quality of both large- and small-screen formats with low bandwidth. It's optimized for DVD-quality video at under 1 Mbps.

Conclusion

H.264 is Ideal for full-motion video over wireless, satellite, and ADSL Internet connections. It is more suitable for newer, more powerful processors, however, due to its high overhead.

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About the Author

Blaise Blogtek wrote medical reports for over 10 years and has articles he contributed to in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has been blogging for over a year. He has produced articles for Demand studios in several areas.