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Re: [videoblogging] MPEG-4 (was: deeplinking considered n/a)

By Ryan Shaw | Ryan Shaw <ryanshaw@...> | ryan_b_shaw
June 29, 2004 | Post #217 | Topic #140

alan wrote: > Do you mean mpeg1 or 4? Mpeg1 is too bandwidth inefficient, mpeg4 is > not in wide enough use and does not look like it will be for a couple > years, if ever. Encoders are costly and users are not switching quickly > from WMV and Sorenson. Mpeg4's promise was that it could be the mp3 of > video, I think WMV is likely to prevent that from happening. I think you're dismissing MPEG-4 too quickly. XviD (http://www.xvid.org) is an ISO MPEG-4 compliant video codec that is free and open source. I think we're likely to see more open-source MPEG-4 codecs in the future. Moreover new media appliances like videophones, tapeless camcorders and portable video players are standardizing on MPEG-4, not WMV, as the format of choice. It make take a while for professional media producers to make the switch, but I don't expect videobloggers to necessarily be pros. I agree that the consumer is poorly served by the current bewildering array of competing formats. But at least an open standard exists and seems to be catching on. Ryan