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Old 03-15-2009, 04:54 PM
Mr Gisin Mr Gisin is offline
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Default mpeg-4 video codecs

For those not familiar with mpeg-4, it defines two video formats.

The original is called MPEG-4 visual, based on H.263. Walkmans support Simple Profile L3.

The new one is called AVC (or H.264), Walkman support Baseline L1.3. Wikipedia

Neither profile supports B-frames, but Sony does for MPEG-4. This gives it an advantage requiring less bits.

My question is, for a given bitrate (say 300k), which codec gives better quality?

BTW, nobody mentioned avidemux as an encoder. It is multi-platform, and has tons of encoding options an filters. Perhaps too much for newbies.
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