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H.264, Windows Media, RealVideo and Flash Codecs Compared

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StreamingMedia.com released a Research Report comparing MPEG4/H.264, Windows Media, RealVideo and Flash Codecs. The report, which is available for purchase, compares the the above mentioned formats at modem, 3GPP, 100, 300 and 500 kbps bitrates. The 118 page report is titled "Proprietary CODECs, 2006: Choosing and Using the Optimal Video Codec".

StreamingMedia.com provided paramaters for Apple. Microsoft and Real to encode 38 test clips grouped in sections for business, sports, entertainment, animation and pan and zoom content. The report ranks all codecs at all encoding configurations for each class of content, allowing producers to instantly see which technology delivers the best quality for their content at their intended distribution parameters.

The tested CODECs include:

Apple H.264 codec - Produced by Apple with QuickTime Pro
Windows Media - Produced by Microsoft with the Windows Media Encoder
On2 VP6 Pro codec - Produced with the On2 Flix Pro encoder
RealVideo - Produced by Real Networks with Real Producer 10

Learn more about the Research Report which compares Proprietary CODECs

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