H.264, how do I love thee?

H.264, MPEG-4’s advanced codec featured in the iPod, the Sony PSP, and both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, as well as future broadcast video standards, has a lot of skeptics. Many say H.264 doesn’t have a lot to offer people when videos are compressed at the higher bitrates required for HD content (self-contradictory, as H.264 is accepted as the standard MPEG-4 codec for High Definition).

To them I just want to say:

This is your brain,

MPEG-4/AVC (H.264, 700kbps) – click for larger image

And this is your brain on drugs:

DiVX 6.1.1 (DiVX MPEG-4, 700kbps) – click for larger image

Any questions?

3 responses to “H.264, how do I love thee?”

  1. Little late posting this but here goes,

    When I was working at a certain medical device company that shall remain nameless on the intarweb, I actually got to really get down and dirty evaluating H.263 (and its oh so infinate variations) and H.264, as well as other sorts of video streams.

    There’s pretty much no comparison. 264, in any of the 5 or 6 profiles that we were evaluating was an amazing video format. It’s remarkably granular, taking 4×4, 8×8, and 16×16 sections (or even 4×2, 8×4, 16×8, etc..) and predicting how the light paths were going to move. Motion prediction is the way to go.

    Just want to say, finally people are realizing what I said 3 years ago (and I have the logs to prove it, too :D)