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Apple: Video's Future is Tiger, QuickTime 7, H.264

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 1 Feb 2005 19:59:14 -0500

By Jim Dalrymple
January 31, 2005

One of the most talked-about video codecs in the last year, H.264,
will make its debut in QuickTime 7 this year when Apple ships Mac OS X
Tiger. Apple says that because H.264 is a standard and has been
adopted by standards organizations and many other companies the battle
for the successor to the current MPEG-2 video standard is basically

H.264 is a video compression technology that's used in MPEG-4 -- the
industry-standard video technology that uses Apple's QuickTime file
format as its basis. Apple has built H.264 right into the QuickTime
media architecture the same way as it has other QuickTime video
codecs. This way, developers will be able to easily access QuickTime
Application Programming Interfaces (APIs) to support H.264 encoding
and decoding capabilities in their own software and users will be able
to select H.264 as an output option for their QuickTime-based

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