H.264/Advanced Video Coding (AVC) is an industry standard for video compression. The H.264 standard is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10 and is a successor to earlier standards such as MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. An ITU standard for compressing video based on MPEG-4 that is popular, especially for high-definition video. AVC stands for Advanced Video Coding.
How to use
File Extension for H264
You may come across all kind of file extensions and still the codec can be H264:
- .avi – Yes, people use .avi for H264 videos too.
- .mp4 – Nero Recode and Quicktime use this format. Better than AVI as you can store AAC audio as well (Default).
- .mkv – Matroska container – can support many video and audio formats. Have a look here for more info.
- .h264 – This extension is not commonly used. Maybe in the future.