what happened to pixlet?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by homerjward, Oct 19, 2005.

  1. homerjward macrumors 68030

    homerjward

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    i was watching steve jobs' wwdc 2003 keynote and saw him mention a video codec called "pixlet" for really high-end, studio-quality video, and i wanted to see where it was in quicktime, but i cant seem to find it. is there any way to export a quicktime movie as pixlet? (i know there's no advantage going to it from a lossier codec but it'd just be cool :p)
     
  2. hotwire132002 macrumors 65816

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    I know Compresser can do Pixlet (as of FCP4.5 and QT 6, anyway), but I don't think QT Pro offers it.

    I think Pixlet is a dated standard now that H.264 is around, and I wouldn't be surprised if Apple quietly scrapped Pixlet in favor of H.264.
     
  3. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Pixlet is based on wavelet technology, so the technology will still exist in some form, perhaps for high quality archiving.
     
  4. hotwire132002 macrumors 65816

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    I stand corrected :)

    The format (Pixlet) never really seemed to take off, though. (IMHO, anyway.)
     
  5. thequicksilver macrumors 6502a

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    I could be cynical and say that Apple made a huge deal out of it just as an empty marketing ploy for Panther, but that wouldn't be quite fair… would it?

    I'm sure it's a worthy codec, but Apple made it seem like it was one of the top ten reasons to upgrade to Panther, which for 99.5% of users patently wasn't the case.
     
  6. rendezvouscp macrumors 68000

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    Pixlet is still around in QT7 Pro (.mov, adjust, Apple Pixlet Video) but I believe it's only used for high end video. It's a very nice codec though.
    -Chase
     

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