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MacBytes
Mar 12, 2004, 03:49 PM
Category: Reviews
Link: Video Codec Shootout (http://www.macbytes.com/link.php?sid=20040312164953)
Posted on MacBytes.com (http://www.macbytes.com)

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bennetsaysargh
Mar 12, 2004, 04:33 PM
now i understand why people use DivX.
i think maybe they should have used pixlet, or would it have been too big of a file?

Nermal
Mar 12, 2004, 09:01 PM
I think they should've tried 3ivx too. You can use the 3ivx encoder (DiVA) to make MPEG-4 with better quality than QuickTime Pro.

Bendit
Mar 12, 2004, 10:23 PM
Pixlet isn't in the same category. Pixlet is for video professionals, it's not meant to be used to distribute video. The file sizes are huge.

And another thing, pixlet is only support on Mac OS X.3 - not windows.

Vonnie
Mar 13, 2004, 06:13 AM
Hmm, weird that they didn't test XVid.. Most of my friends encode their dvds with it.

Blaaze
Mar 13, 2004, 10:30 AM
What I don't understand is how Apple does it with their movie trailers. The quality is so good and clean. It's because of this, I compressed my movies in sorenson3 and mp4, but I was very disappointed because it came out so bad. Do they have some special method we don't know about?

nubero
Mar 13, 2004, 07:45 PM
What I don't understand is how Apple does it with their movie trailers. The quality is so good and clean. It's because of this, I compressed my movies in sorenson3 and mp4, but I was very disappointed because it came out so bad. Do they have some special method we don't know about?

Well video encoding is about much more than just a quality setting. Framerates, keyframes, bitrate steady or variable and so on... Regarding this I'm "impressed" with the unprofessionality of the shootout on that website. I think they say themselves that the screenshots look worse than the movie when it's running... But that's the whole point: these are not still image compression codecs but moving picture codecs.
Apart from this I've rarely seen a WMV or DivX Movie that's not somehow blocky or otherwise messed up when scrubbing or navigating through it. Even if the codec is good, the architecture it runs on is for the trash... :o

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MrMacMan
Mar 14, 2004, 05:01 PM
Geez... MPEG-4 got OWNED...

Wow... I am suprised...

Tho they lied that Apple incodes the trailers in MPEG-4... lets take 'I, Robot' 's Trailer...

Now apple doesn't want us to do this... but if you click... I, robot and then click large it will open the video in your broswer, but this will tell you no information...

So I will search the HTML source code for the video...

It is http://a772.g.akamai.net/5/772/51/d738f317b7e112/1a1a1aaa2198c627970773d80669d84574a8d80d3cb12453c02589f25382f668c9329e0375e8177dec6493fc5bcd3c9e0d81/i_robot_480.mov

I open up my Quicktime Player... thrown this in...

What information do I get?
'Format Sorenson Video 3 480x260, Millions
QDesign Music 2, Sterio, 44100 Hz'

This is not MPEG 4...


I am very dissapointed...

I personally prefer .mov and .mpg and .mpeg files... Xvid is good too...