Category: transcoding

  • The HTML 5 <video> tag and H.264

    The new HTML5 standard’s most prominently mentioned new feature is undoubtedly the video tag – this tag enables all compliant browsers to play video embedded in a site with no additional plugins The only problem? The organizations responsible for choosing a video format are undecided. In one corner is H.264, used everywhere from Blu-Ray disc […]

  • Home movies with Linux: Not Ready for Prime-Time

    UPDATE: I had originally titled this article “Home movies with Linux: Beginning the exploration (of things Linux can’t do)”, but have since changed the title to be a bit more fair. It is a given that Linux isn’t suited to certain tasks, but rather than show these things up as embarrassing shortcomings I’d much prefer […]

  • HOWTO: Rip DVD’s in MacOS X (Updated)

    This HOWTO has been updated and dramatically streamlined! It’s worth re-reviewing if you’ve read/implemented this method already. Keep in mind, this is for experts/enthusiasts and not those looking for a quick one-click solution. The quality of video and sound is, for the average viewer, highly subjective. When it comes to viewing a DVD though, one […]

  • Proper H.264 Encoding

    Hopefully people will glom onto this information, as it’s sorely lacking. Here’s the upshot – DiVX and XViD are dead. H.264, more commonly known as MPEG-4/AVC is the new champion of compressed video. And yet, most media files are still released using DiVX and XViD, chiefly because people are not totally familiar with how to […]

  • 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 […]