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H.264 Standard


H.264 is the most advanced video compression technology available today. This standard is the result of many years of research which grew out of both H.263 and MPEG-4. This chart shows the evolution of compression standards.

Iain Richardson's web site is a good resouce site for advanced video coding and H.264 information:

The following IEEE paper is a more detailed overview of the H.264 standard:
Overview of the H.264 / AVC Video coding standard (3MB PDF file)

A draft of the whole H.264 Standard (1.4MB, 264 page PDF file) from the ITU-T 8th meeting in Geneva, Switzerland, May 23-27, 2003, is also downloadable here.