Also known as MPEG-4/AVC, an advanced video encoding standard, widely used in Blu-ray and streaming video.

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Joining H264 *without* re-encoding

I have two halves of a single show in two .MP4 files, encoded in H264. I would like to join them without re-encoding. Is this possible? I managed to create a joined video as a Quicktime file (.mov) ...
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Convert from MOV to MP4 Container format

I have a digital camera that records nice 1080p H.264 format but unfortunately it uses the MOV container format. Basically I have nothing but the camera and VLC that play this format natively. Is ...
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Converting or playing a .264 video file?

I recently bought a Chinese brand DVR (to record security cams). The DVR exports the video files with a ".264" extension. This is my first time ever dealing with this video format. Anyhow I've been ...
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Convert AVI to MP4 keeping the same quality

I want to compress an AVI file to MP4 using an h.264 codec. I could not get the same quality. How can I compress it? Original Video: Original Video Screen: FFmpeg console output (ffmpeg -i ...
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What are the differences between H.264 Profiles?

I was rendering a video in After Effects CS5 and when I was formatting it I chose the H.264 codec and in that format, it had a profile with Baseline, Main and High. So I did a little test – rendering ...
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What bunch of ffmpeg scripts do I need to get HTML5-compatible “Video for everybody”?

What list of commands should I do in ffmpeg/mencoder/some_other_CLI_app to get a video in all the right formats to use Video for Everybody? i.e. Is there a subtlety that prevents there being a ...
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How can I re-encode H.264 video with minimal quality loss?

I have a lot of MPEG-TS files (.TS container but H.264 video) and playback is fine except that when you skip forward/backward or fast forward it's very sluggish and gets pixelated, etc. I've been ...
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FFmpeg extract clip - stream frame rate differs from container frame rate (x264, aac)

Summary H.264 video seems to have a really high frame rate that requires a scaling factor to the applied to the duration of video that I'm trying to extract (900x lower). Body I'm trying to extract a ...
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What parameters should I be looking at to reduce the size of a .MOV file?

My Canon 60D creates .MOV files when recording video and I've found out that the .MOV container has an H264 video stream and a PCM audio stream. I've used ffmpeg and GSpot to look at some of my ...
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Using FFmpeg to locate moov atom

I have a library of videos, all of which should have been adjusted for web-streaming by putting the moov atom ahead of the rest of the video. This allows playback to begin before the client has ...
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Can a GPU be used to Encode h264?

I am wondering if I get a better graphics card could it speed up h264 encoding on my machine using handbrake? If so how can I tell what graphics card will support this? I am aware that the GPU can ...
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Best Intel Quick Sync software for h.264 transcoding

I would like to know the best (fast) software for video encoding and transcoding video into h.264 that makes use of Intel Quick Sync. I looked at Media Espresso by Cyberlink but it does not have many ...
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What are the restrictions on h264 usage?

What do people mean when they say the h264 video codec is "patent encumbered"? What restrictions are there to the usage of h264? I've been using the free Handbrake transcoder to encode h264 videos and ...
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Best Handbrake settings for encoding TV shows

Been using Handbrake since it's the fastest and easiest program for me to understand as I'm not a real A/V guy and I'm getting some under par results from it when it comes to TV shows. I see episodes ...
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Using ffmpeg to encode a raw video to H.264 format

On a Ubuntu 10.04, I am trying to encode a raw video (YUV format) to a H.264 encoded video using below ffmpeg commands: ffmpeg -i input.mp4 output.h264 but I get an error saying Unsupported ...
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What tools should I use to edit H.264 MP4 GoPro videos?

I have recorded videos using a GoPro, which produces MP4 files containing H.264 encoded videos. I would like to do some simple editing tasks on these videos without losing quality:- Cut various ...
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VLC (Server) re-stream Security Camera Feed

I purchased a Swann Home Security DVR system and was hoping for some help on how to duplicate the streaming video on my server. In order to get their web view (streaming video in the browser) to ...
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How to apply audio track to a mute h264/mp4-video losslessly?

I have a MP4/h.264-video with no sound. With ffmpeg or similar, how can I apply an audio track to that MP4-file without degrading the quality of the video (i.e. without recoding the video-track)? I'd ...
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how do I convert .iso to .mp4 without mounting with ffmpeg

The problem is - I want to convert .iso with dvd to .mp4 (h264/ac3), but I cannot mount it via mount -o loop, because I'm on a virtual machine that doesn't allow to do that. Googling doesn't help. ...
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Convert AVI into H.264 that works inside an HTML5 Video tag

I would like to convert an existing black and white AVI into an H.264 video that works inside an HTML5 video tag. I'm currently using this ffmpeg command: ffmpeg -i file.avi -y -c:v libx264 ...
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Are there any Mac OS X apps that convert Flash video (.flv) to h.264?

I’ve got some video from the web in Flash video format (.flv). I want to convert it to h.264. I’ve got Perian installed. QuickTime seems to play the video fine, but when I use any of the options to ...
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Video encoding: How much does the video file size increase with fps?

Given that the next blockbusters of e.g. Peter Jackson (The Hobbit) and James Cameron (Avatar 2) are going to be shot with a frame rate of 48 fps (or even more) - i.e. more than the usual 24 fps - I ...
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What is the optimal video format/size for using in powerpoint?

My daughter's school is looking to embed some videos in their powerpoint slides. I am helping the teacher with conversion software and settings recommendations. I tend to prefer h.264 for it's ...
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Why doesn't this video play on iOS?

I'm having trouble getting my mp4 video to play on any iOS device. I'm testing on an iPhone with iOS 6 and an iPad running iOS 7. When I upload the video to my server and enter the URL directly on the ...
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Will 128MB video card be enough for Windows 7 Aero with two 720p monitors connected? [closed]

I'm going to buy a replacement AGP video card for parents' decade old Athlon XP 3200+ computer. It has Radeon 9000 with 64MB now. This videocard is crippled under Windows 7 (no WDDM driver) and it ...
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How do I make h.264 work on YouTube on Firefox on Windows 7 64 bit?

Various news articles state that Firefox supports h.264 on Windows since version 20. As of this writing the version is 24, yet Firefox still can't play most YouTube videos. I did the HTML5 opt-in and ...
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Enable H.264 (or x264) in AVIDemux

I am trying to get AVIDemux set up with the X264 codec using this tutorial. The following is what goes down when I get to the ./configure --enable-mp4-output command Thomas-Phillipss-MacBook:x264 ...
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QuickTime X incorrect aspect ratio for H.264 video

I'm running Snow Leopard and have a serious issue with QuickTime X. I have a Samsung HMX-H100N/XAA camcorder that records H.264 video in either 720p or 1080i. In either of these resolutions, QuickTime ...
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ffmpeg minimal requirements configuration for encoding and decoding h264 files

I'm trying to compile ffmpeg with minimal requirements in order to encode/decode with h264. So far my command line configuration is : ./configure --disable-yasm --disable-everything ...
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Can I enable H.264 video in Chrome on the Mac?

I left Chrome for a while because I was annoyed about Google taking away H.264 support. I won't go into my reasons why, but I'm considering using Chrome more as my default browser again. The problem ...
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How to convert a mpeg4-aac video to mpeg-ts using MEncoder?

I know this can be done using FFMpeg and I have done it. The only problem here was that FFMpeg actually tries to "encode" the file while converting to mpeg-ts which I don't want. i.e. I just want to ...
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What is H.264 and what is it used for?

I have been hearing that Google Chrome is either stopping support for or has already stopped support for this movie thing called H.264. What is H.264, and what is it used for?
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YouTube consistently messes up my video's quality

I'm having trouble encoding a video for YouTube. The content isn't very "compression-friendly" (it's Battlefield 4 gameplay footage), but I'm 100% positive the results could be better. Some links: ...
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What is this video format, and how do I convert It

Description I have a big (7.4G) .mkv file (1080p) which I want to convert to H.264 (using x264) Problem MediaCoder and GSpot are unable to detect the codec. They don't display anything. Just that ...
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Join two h.264 movie files, merging chapters?

I have two h.264 encoded .m4v files, generated with Handbrake 0.9.3. They used the same Handbrake preset. How can I merge the two files into one movie, and do I need to do anything special to preserve ...
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How do I check if a h264 video contains b-frames?

I'm using ffprobe right now but I don't if it supports showing whether the video contains b-frames and what could be the syntax. Can I do this with ffprobe and so, how, or is there any other free ...
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In which format to store home made videos

TL;DR: my home videos are taking up too much space and are impractical to backup on Dropbox. Which format do you advice to convert them to? Long version: One year ago I bought a new compact camera ...
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How can I convert a video to h264, using pass-through if available?

On my Windows 7 computer, I have several videos that need converting to an iOS-friendly format. I'd like to do this as efficiently as possible. I have several kinds of videos: MKVs containing ...
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Is there a way to enable H.264 video in Firefox?

I know that Mozilla has taken an ideological stance against H.264 video, but I don't agree with it. (And I think I paid for a hardware decoder inside my graphics card anyway?) Is there any way I can ...
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How can I import h.264 encoded MOV files into windows movie maker?

I have a couple of digital camcorders that output .MOV files encoded in h.264 video/AAC audio. They won't load into Windows Movie Maker or Windows Media Player - I guess I need to install some codecs. ...
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Converting video for Android using Adobe Media Encoder

I'm trying to convert some video to H.264 and play it on my Android mobile phone. I have Adobe Media Encoder and can easily create files that play on my PC but when I copy them to the phone the media ...
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Proper encoding for long videos from online meetings?

I'm taking responsibility for maintaining a collection of recordings from online meetings, and I'm at a loss to determine which encodings I should use for them. The videos are coming from GoToMeeting, ...
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Determining Framerate of H.264 stream

I have encoded a video from Lagarith to H.264 using x264, and I might have inadvertently forgotten to write down it's framerate. The video stream itself isn't in any container (just a h264 file), so ...
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How can I convert and repair MPEG-TS (DVB-S captures) for better playback?

I have a lot of MPEG-TS video files (H.264 video with AC3 or MP3 in a .TS container) captured from a DVB-S capture card. When I play these videos it's much slower to seek in the video (ie. skip 30 ...
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How would “The SD x264 TV Releasing Standards 2012” translate into mencoder options?

I've read the file "The SD x264 TV Releasing Standards 2012" (link), which is what a lot of "pirate" groups have agreed upon in terms of encoding options. The relevant parts are Audio, Framerate, ...
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How Video4Linux and ALSA work with Codecs

My understanding is that a codec is both a decoder and a specification for decoding. So some group writes a codec which explains how to decode from their format back into the raw bitstream, and they ...
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Using Hardware Encoders on third party apps?

i have a PCIE Hardware Encoder, that i used for video gameplay stream, the Avermedia Live Gamer HD (C985) http://www.avermedia.com/Product/ProductDetail.aspx?Id=571 So if i used the new XSplit 1.1, ...
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Time of splitting and encoding video with ffmpeg increases exponentially

I'm trying to split a video by subtitles and encode into .mp4(h.264/aac) using ffmpeg, but it takes so much time! First pieces of video are splited and encoded really fast, but for each iteration time ...
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FFmpeg/X264: Split video mid-GOP without reencoding entire stream

I've got an H264 video (Stored in an MP4 file). Each GOP is approx 10s long. I want to trim the first couple of seconds off the video, which means I need to split the first GOP. Is there a way to do ...
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How to rip Blu-Ray discs using open source software

How can one rip Blu-Rays that he or she owns via AnyDVD as the decoder? Open source would be prefer but not require. H.264 video codec is preferred. Current Software: AnyDVD HD & Handbrake ...