Sorensen Releases MPEG-4!!

Mr. Anderson

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Businesswire.com had this press release about the Sorensen releasing mpeg-4. Sorensen provides codecs for the Apple QuickTime app.

 Sorenson Media, the leading provider of high-quality video compression software and delivery services, Monday announced the preview availability of the Sorenson MPEG-4 Advanced Simple Profile video codec.
    The new version, built on the foundation of the MPEG-4 standard, brings new levels of video quality for Internet, Intranet, and embedded applications.

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   Available now, all licensing opportunities are negotiable through Sorenson Media's Business Development group.


This last bit has me confused. It might be that the licensing is not fully figured out. A search at the sorensen website didn't bring show anything either. I hope they have it soon.

http://www.businesswire.com/cgi-bin/f_headline.cgi?bw.040802/220980464
 

iGav

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the licensing issue certainly sounds weird..... sounds like there isn't one price, it depends on who you are, what you do and how it'll be deployed....

I can't wait to get my grubby little mitts on MPEG 4 encoding, to start doing some test and comparisons to see how much better its........
 

Mr. Anderson

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Yeah, it does seem a little strange that Sorensen is jumping the gun here. If the licensing issue isn't resolved, which seems to be the case, how are they going to be able to sell it.

If anyone contacts them to get pricing, post what you find out.
 

Rower_CPU

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Originally posted by TyleRomeo
i sure hope MPEG-4 is better then MPEG-2
Depends on what you want it to do...

MPEG2 - awesome for DVD's and high bandwidth playback (never meant for the 'Net)

MPEG4 - awesome compression for internet video scaleable from cell phones to "near"-DVD quality (designed from the beginning as an Internet codec)
 

Rower_CPU

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Originally posted by dukestreet
Yeah, it does seem a little strange that Sorensen is jumping the gun here. If the licensing issue isn't resolved, which seems to be the case, how are they going to be able to sell it.
I looked at the MPEGLA site ( http://www.mpegla.com/meetings/ ), and saw that there was a meeting in New York last week...maybe they reached a tentative settlement?

So, now the question is...where's QT 6?!?!?
 

jelloshotsrule

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hopefully it'll come soon.

and hopefully it becomes pretty standard. i hate using codecs that are the best compression:quality ratio and then some folks who i tell to check something i've put on the web can't view it on their dumb pc's. sometime soon i hope.
 

Rower_CPU

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Originally posted by jelloshotsrule
hopefully it'll come soon.

and hopefully it becomes pretty standard. i hate using codecs that are the best compression:quality ratio and then some folks who i tell to check something i've put on the web can't view it on their dumb pc's. sometime soon i hope.
What codecs specifically? I've never run into a QT .MOV file that wasn't cross-platform viewable.
 

mac15

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I heard some time ago that mpeg4 would become the new DVD standard
this would be good now a 2 hour movie would be about a gig
 

iGav

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I've occasionally had problems with QT playback on a PC, when I've put DV on the net for a client to view, on the odd occasion I've had the "We can't see the video??" response from them....... it generally is with Sorensen, and dependant on how cleaner flattens the mov.....

Most of the time though.... all's sweet!!
 

Rower_CPU

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Originally posted by mac15
I heard some time ago that mpeg4 would become the new DVD standard
this would be good now a 2 hour movie would be about a gig
I'm not sure if that's the intent for MPEG4.

As far as I'm concerned MPEG2 looks just amazing on my home theater system.

Since MPEG4 is DESIGNED for the web it should stay there.