H.264


H.264 is a video compression standard (also named MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC - Advanced Video Coding) used for high definition video playback. It was designed in order to provide good video quality while using much lower bit rates than other standards.

Advantages

  • It represents the standard for all Blu-Ray videos
  • It has better video quality and it’s more fluent for real time playback than other standards
  • Very good compression performance
  • It has very good network transmission ( because the encoded video files are small )

Disadvantages

  • It doesn’t handle well the bit errors
  • Royalties must be paid in some cases ( sometimes the royalties are very expensive )
  • It requires more computer power for encoding and decoding

Features

  • Improved inter-prediction and motion estimation
  • Improved intra spatial prediction and transform
  • Improved algorithms for encoding
  • Low latency feature
  • Simplified profiles

Versions

  • Version 1: May 30, 2003
  • Version 2: May 7, 2004
  • Version 3: March 1, 2005
  • Version 4: September 13, 2005
  • Version 5: June 13, 2006
  • Version 6: June 13, 2006
  • Version 7: April 6, 2007
  • Version 8: November 22, 2007
  • Version 9: January 13, 2009
  • Version 10: March 16, 2009
  • Version 11: March 16, 2009
  • Version 12: March 9, 2010
  • Version 13: March 9, 2010
  • Version 14: June 29, 2011
  • Version 15: June 29, 2011
  • Version 16: January 13, 2012
  • Version 17: April 13, 2013
  • Version 18: April 13, 2013
  • Version 19: April 13, 2013
  • Version 20: April 13, 2013



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