Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 1st Mar 2010 21:59 UTC
Multimedia, AV "A lot of commercial software comes with H.264 encoders and decoders, and some computers arrive with this software preinstalled. This leads a lot of people to believe that they can legally view and create H.264 videos for whatever purpose they like. Unfortunately for them, it ain't so."
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RE[4]: Greed
by r_a_trip on Tue 2nd Mar 2010 18:50 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Greed"
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It's a highly complex algorithm that saves companies money...

Yes it is a highly complex algorithm and it still is a tin can. H.264 itself doesn't contain anything one can watch. The real value of a video is not what container it is wrapped in, the value is in what it depicts.

So H.264 is a tin can that could potentially save money on bandwidth, but on the other hand one has to factor in the legal costs of possible non-compliance. There are other tin can designs that might cost a little more to ship around, but these cans come with a lot less legal hassle.

From the viewpoint of an end user H.264 is just a costly tin can, because at the end of the day, after all is said and done, Joe User foots the bill for it.

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