7. Encoding with MPEG-4 and H.264
The MPEG-4 codec in Compressor comes in two versions: Part 2 and Part 10 (more commonly known as H.264). To prevent confusion, in this book MPEG-4 Part 2 will be referred to as MPEG-4, and Part 10 will be called H.264.
MPEG-4 is most commonly used to encode content destined for Internet distribution. It encodes very quickly compared with H.264, and manages the compromise between file size and image quality intelligently and efficiently. In addition, MPEG-4-encoded media is a good choice for playback on portable devices like video iPods and mobile phones.
Encoding for the Web requires some planning ...