H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

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h264
This is a video codec. The name to use at the command line is h264.
VLC can encode using this codec through the x264 module.
This codec is from the h26x module.

H.264, or Advanced Video Coding (AVC) is a video codec described by MPEG-4 Part 10. It can be used in a wide spectrum of applications, ranging from file storage to real-time streaming in video conferencing systems.

Similar codecs are H.263 (its predecessor) and H.265 (its very recent successor).

Although h26x is used to decode it, x264 is used to encode it (see x264).

See also

Specification

For a technical description read http://www.dspr.com/www/technology/csvt_overview.pdf

Source code

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