x264Encoder
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x264Encoder is an x264 and libavcodec based QuickTime Media Compressor component. Support avc1, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video Media. Support some MPEG-4 AVC features, including Main/High Profile up to Level 5.1. Source codes are included, and free software under GPL V2. Uses libx264.a, libavcodec.a and others from x264 SVN and ffmpeg SVN.
What's New
Version 1.2.27:

Important Note: MyCometG3 (the developer) has been shut down. Every product which has GPL/LGPL license term are freely available under GPL/LGPL, so you are free to fork your own source tree. Every product which does not have GPL/LGPL license term are freely available under 3-clause-BSD.

  • Sync core to x264 git-2120 and libav git-31489.

Requirements
  • Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.5.8 or later
  • QuickTime 7.7 or later



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ChadVN reviewed on 08 May 2013
This codec works well. Relative to source video, exported x264s match the gamma when viewed in QT7 on the mac, have slightly darker gamma than source in QTX, and close-ish gamma in QT7 on the PC. I say close-ish because on the PC, it's closer than the other x264 codec here on MacUpdate or QT's built in H264, but it's still not perfect.
[Version 1.2.27]


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Pettifogger0712 commented on 04 Jan 2012
MyCometG3 has been shut down with effect from Jan 4th 2012 :-( Every product which has GPL/LGPL license term is freely available under GPL/LGPL. Every product which does not have GPL/LGPL license term is freely available under 3-clause-BSD
[Version 1.2.27]


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Orytek commented on 01 Oct 2011
Much better than Apple's h264 codec.
Thanks for the continued updates.
I am getting some great quality from FCPX using this directly with Compressor.
Using a quality encoder like MainConcept used to require a re-encode but I am now getting as good results with x264 and not needing the extra step.
[Version 1.2.26]


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Mycometg3 (developer) commented on 23 Apr 2011
Notice for all users who have decoding problem. (x264Encoder 1.2.19 or later)

If you specified target data rate, some key frame may show broken image, with Apple H.264 Software Decoder. You can check such stream using QuickTime X player.

If you have found decoding problem with output from x264Encoder please try to :
- change Behavior tag - qmin from 0 to 3 or grater value
inside libavcodec settings dialog.
It would make such stream decodable. (Re-encoding is required though)

//

Such erratic stream should be decodable with Perian 1.2.2.

But current implementation of QuickTime X/QuickTime 7's H.264 software decoder seems to have incompatibility problem (under Snow leopard).
[Version 1.2.22]

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Jolyjumper replied on 01 May 2011
Hello,

Version 1223 fixe the decoding problem for me.

Thank a lot for your good job.
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Desterwallaboo reviewed on 03 Feb 2011
OK.... I have to say I normally love this codec. It's considerably faster than Apple's own H264 encoder. However... the last two releases have had very odd playback issues. We've been having bizarre tear/ripping of the imagery. But it's so bizarre. Some machines are able to playback the file without a hitch, but others in the studio have the bizarre tearing issue. All machines are up-to-date in every way. So we cannot figure what the problem is...
[Version 1.2.20]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 11 Feb 2011
Try weightp pred = disabled.
libx264's Weightp change is introduced on:
git.videolan.org/gitweb.cgi?p=x264.git;a=commitdiff;h=e440dc0f7909c67cdca148fc8a9ea413521e0e5b
and implemented under x264Encoder 1.2.19.
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DevTools-Inc. replied on 09 Apr 2011
Do not use advanced H.264-encoding options, if you encode for QuickTime 7.x.x customers! The H.264-level should be defined as 3.1 or 4.1, if you encode content for this QT-Version.

More Info:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC#Levels
and
http://www.mplayerhq.hu/DOCS/HTML/en/menc-feat-quicktime-7.html
and
http://forum.doom9.org/showthread.php?t=102609
and
http://mewiki.project357.com/wiki/X264_Settings

:-)
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 09 Apr 2011
>Anonsupport
All limitation in such link is too old.

At least QuickTime 7.6.x support has got advanced features, and if GPU support is available such limitation can vary.

QuickTime 7.6 is released over two years ago, and it provides support for 10.4, 10.5, 10.6. I guess this covers most of active users in the world.
You said "7.x.x" but do you think pre-7.6 is really required to support?
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DevTools-Inc. commented on 20 Oct 2010
Would be nice, if we could use the command line x264 encoder from QT. MeGUI on the Windows side does exactly this, and it allows you, to specify additional command line options, for newer versions of the x264 command line encoder.
[Version 1.2.17]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 26 Oct 2010
I think this method is exactly faster than command line encoder.(calling libx264 directly instead of calling x264 command as different process)

Would you give me which parameter is required?
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Mac Adam commented on 05 Jun 2010
I suggest a Auto-Update in the plug-in.

Best Regards
[Version 1.2.11]

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Bucho replied on 12 Jun 2010
I'll second that request.
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Symbiotic_ic reviewed on 21 May 2010
This is simply great software with excellent developer support.
Highly recommended.
[Version 1.2.8]


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Mac Adam reviewed on 13 May 2010
No problem to report,
thanks for the speed upgrade :)

Does the xvid project dead ?
because it could be a speed alternative,
but it look slower ?

best regards
[Version 1.2.8]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 14 May 2010
Xvid runs slower and poor quality than x264.
I recommend you to use x264 for every devices.
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Sgt-Bob-IE commented on 05 Apr 2010
I am wondering how you can use this plugin to encode into an .mp4 container, rather than .mov?
[Version 1.2.3]

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DevTools-Inc. commented on 05 Apr 2010
The MP4 file format is based on the MOV file format [1], so that you can rename a video.mov file into a video.mp4 file and any MP4 file player should play your file. If something does not work, then it is most likely that you ignored the playback capabilities of your target platform (software/hardware). This happens very often with MP4 files and H.264 or other MPEG-4 content.

Source:
[1] http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MPEG-4_Part_14#History_of_MP4
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 05 Apr 2010
Unfortunately, mp4 file spec is not exactly same as mov. Thus, renaming mov to mp4 is not good idea.

Instead, Try MPEG Streamclip 1.9.2. It can produce mp4 file directly, using x264Encoder.

If you have made some mov file, you can re-encapsulate into mp4 using QuickTime Player 7's mp4 exporter (No transcode; set video track as is, set audio track as is).
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Sgt-Bob-IE replied on 05 Apr 2010
Cool, I'll give mpeg streamclip a whirl.
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Nettet had trouble on 03 Jul 2010
Very nice encoder as long as it actually works. Faster than the h264 included in imovie 09 and smaller files. For some reason I had no problems using it in the beginning of june with version 1.2.12 (or something), but now it crashes in a reproducable way every time I use it in imovie 09. I have tried to upgrade to 1.2.13 but the problem persist.

If I open imovie, choose Export with Quicktime and then click settings, the whole system either freezes or imovie crashes. If on the other hand I encode a movie with h264 first and afterwards change the encoder to x264, I can access the settings, make the changes I want and export the movie. Then I can use the x264 codec without any problems as long as I don't try to open up settings - if I do I have to go through the whole process again.

I don't have any skills whatsoever with programming so I don't really have any suggestions to what might be wrong, other than that it seems to have something to do with the settings window. Might be some incompatibility with other programs I have installed. Anybody else have experienced the same?
[Version 1.2.13]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 03 Jul 2010
Please send me crash report
- /Users/xxxx/Library/Logs/DiagnosticReports/app_yyyy-mm-dd-xxxxxx_macname.crash

My E-mail address is written at bottom of README.rtf.
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Nettet replied on 08 Jul 2010
It seems the problems arose from some different decoders I had installed under quicktime. A big thank you to the developer for helping me out with this one. I'm impressed by his dedication to his project.
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Symbiotic_ic had trouble on 20 May 2010
Great software! Love the new crf checkbox so I know exactly what I get vs. an analog slider.

My question: What exactly does the "Gamma 2.2" checkbox do?

Background: I have .MTS Panasonic TM700 footage converted to ProRes, editing in Final Cut. The video looks good until I export using "Quicktime Conversion." Using x264 I set nclc=111 (HD) and my output file looks too dark in QuickTime X, QuickTime 7, Movist, VLC. Also if I convert after to a .mkv container (Mkvtoolnix) it's still dark. (meaning it's not just a container error) Setting nclc=111 AND checking the gamma2.2 checkbox fixes the problem.

My problem: I'm scared by checking gamma2.2 I'm actually making a mistake by artificially forcing lighter footage and there's an error somewhere else in my flow. (like user StarHawk79 had) ProRes has native 2.2 gamma, so I don't understand why FCP exports darker footage. I'm on Snow Leopard (10.6.3) / Intel so OS gamma is now 2.2, FCP v7.0.2. I notice if I export to another codec (say Prores Proxy) it's also darker, and I can't fix it. I'm not sure where the problem is.

Thanks in advance!
[Version 1.2.8]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 20 May 2010
1. I guess you have to add filter and adjust gamma by yourself.
2. Gamma checkbox is extra parameter, so only nclc is recommended though.

Gamma 2.2 checkbox is intended for data source (non-common yuv color space) which does not have correct color info like nclc. Such professional processing software should NOT use this checkbox.

Under correct quicktime environment, or application which implements nclc correctly; when nclc parameter is specified, gamma 2.2 setting should be ignored (because it is legacy for QT6.5 param).

Under some application/work flow, which does not handle correct nclc settings somewhere, gamma 2.2 spec "may" make better result than nclc only; but it is not correct.
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Symbiotic_ic commented on 21 May 2010
Thank you for your quick and helpful response!

You confirmed what I was thinking: I shouldn't have to use the gamma 2.2 checkbox with Pro apps. I think I found the problem: it's Final Cut Pro. If I use MPEG Streamclip or Compressor to convert ProRes to x264 then the video looks good just by setting nclc=111. If I use FCP "Export Quicktime Conversion" then the video is dark unless I also check "gamma 2.2." I'm guessing it's a FCP bug.

So my solution is always to Send FCP video to Compressor for conversion with x264.

Thanks again! And I'm really looking forward to when those blu-ray settings are debugged and working by the x264 team.
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Bluestar replied on 28 May 2010
Fundamentally there is a color-space conversion issue to begin with when you're talking "HD video YUV rec709 color-space" vs. computer playback video (RGB) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RGB_color_space) I found that all H264 format conversion destined for computer playback needs to be adjusted (brightened) i.e., NOT destined for true HD video playback - on a DVD/ TV set etc.
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Symbiotic_ic replied on 29 May 2010
Good point Bluestar, and I attributed the slight color shifts I'm still seeing to this effect. But that's interesting that you needed to brighten footage destined for computer playback. I have to honestly say my last comparisons (admittedly on only 2 scenes) looked so close pre and post-encode that I determined no gamma adj. was necessary. I verified it on 10.6 with a couple of different viewers. (VLC, QTX, Movist) Maybe our setups are different? (I don't have Perian installed, but did at one time and I think that had an influence)
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Mac Adam had trouble on 08 May 2010
This 1.27 Crash in MPEGStreamClip 1.93b3
1.2.6 do not look crash

Thanks for this nice Plug-in
[Version 1.2.7]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 09 May 2010
Works for me.
Tell me how to reproduce the issue.
Send me crash report if available.
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Mac Adam replied on 09 May 2010
I have crashlog by where send ?
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 09 May 2010
Please mail to me. README.rtf has my address.
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 10 May 2010
Confirmed. Fix will be available in next update.
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Vixster had trouble on 24 Nov 2009
ThANK YOU!!!
[Version 1.1.8r2]


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Vixster had trouble on 24 Nov 2009
running 10.6.2 (clean install), qt 7.6.3..
downloaded x264 in both safari and ffox. x264 not showing up in qt export as an option. please advise. thanks
[Version 1.1.8r2]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 24 Nov 2009
Read README.rtf - How to use section.
You have to relaunch application prior to use.

If you use QuickTime Player 10.0, it is NOT compatible.
Use QuickTime Player 7.6.3 Pro (Pro key is required).
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Vixster commented on 24 Nov 2009
I am using QuickTime Player 7.6.3 Pro... Have quit and relaunch and reboot multiple times. any ideas?
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 24 Nov 2009
Here are simple how-to video at YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZI0ET3r4O4
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4i5UpWuGbtc

I hope this would help you.
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Mac Adam had trouble on 22 Nov 2009
Thanks for the update, but i have some quality troubles by exporting from QuickTime 7 on Snow ?!
[Version 1.1.8]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 22 Nov 2009
Please tell me detail.
- What do you mean by "Quality problem"?
- Upload settings screen captures
- Upload sample short clip (source and output with new)
- If you could, try with previous revision and also upload output with old
- Let me know the URL
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Starhawk79 had trouble on 09 Nov 2009
Once again, thanks for keeping this updated!

I've had one issue with this plugin since updating Snow Leopard. I mainly export out of iMovie, and when doing so, using x264 produces video that is darker than any of the other choices (h.264, motion jpeg, etc). This difference is noticeable when playing back through both Quicktime and VLC.

I know there was a gamma change in Snow Leopard, so Im not sure if the problem is with OSX, x264, or this particular plugin. Any ideas on what is causing this?

I have just updated to 10.6.2 and x264 still produces darker video in comparison.
[Version 1.1.7]

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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 09 Nov 2009
Try nclc under settings window-extra options tab.

If you are in Europe and SD source(=PAL), would be nclc 516.
If you are in America and SD source(=NTSC), would be nclc 616.
If you are handling HD source, would be nclc 111.

Under Standard Video Compression Settings dialog, Preview image is not correct. Test by exact output.
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Starhawk79 commented on 10 Nov 2009
Im mainly using SD in America so I tried the 6-1-6 atom and still have the issue. Im a bit at a loss as to where the problem is; x264 output on QTX is Dark, on VLC is even Darker, and on QT7 it looks pretty good!

Maybe these images can convey what I am seeing:

h.264 QTX vs x264 QTX: http://img.skitch.com/20091110-gnmnupa4249qrix9tkn7ukpcrc.jpg

h.264 QTX vs x264 VLC: http://img.skitch.com/20091110-fw7us894uje8js2br4batreeex.jpg

h.264 QTX vs x264 QTX 6-1-6:http://img.skitch.com/20091110-1d79sjwwqc95e1dy4hsnq39jeh.jpg

h.264 QT7 vs x264 QT7:http://img.skitch.com/20091110-jwtejgapcj52q86bssuc8isiy3.jpg

All images captured running Snow Leopard 10.6.2 with default Color LCD Display profile.
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 10 Nov 2009
I did some simple test using DV-NTSC.mov source file under both 10.5.8 and 10.6.2.
I used QuickTime Player 7. I can not reproduce your issue.

If you could, please upload short clip(~3 sec) and let me know via mail.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Sure! Can you provide me with your email address? I could not find it on your site.
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 12 Nov 2009
PLEASE READ README.rtf FIRST.

I get over 1000 spam mails a week. I had NEVER put my mail address on my site though!
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Here you go. I'll just give you the links through here. Im not sure if this is the best test footage, just what I had in front of me first.

These were both encoded using iMovie '09 8.0.5 on MacOSX 10.6.2. The x264 file with x264 1.1.7 with default settings and h.264 file with built-in Quicktime h.264 with default settings.

x264 Encode Test-No nclc atom: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/277171/x264%20Encode%20Test%20-%20No%20nclc%20atom.mov

h.264 Encode Test (for comparison): http://dl.dropbox.com/u/277171/h264%20Encode%20Test.mov

I did not notice this difference until I upgraded to Snow Leopard.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
What's funny is that I started viewing the x264 file I uploaded through my browsers. It looks fine in Safari and looks really dark in Firefox.
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 12 Nov 2009
Your samples are :
- apple h.264 has nclc 616 in mov.
- x264 sample does not have nclc atom.

Upload x264 with nclc 616 please.
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Sure: http://dl.dropbox.com/u/277171/x264%20Encode%20Test%206-1-6.mov
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Forget what I said earlier about the file looking good in Safari. My mistake. The video is dark in both Safari and Firefox, regardless of the 6-1-6 atom being included.
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Mycometg3 (developer) replied on 12 Nov 2009
Hmm... I understand what you see, but I can not find any cause.

- Is it able to upload source data (not exported but source data)?
- what version of imovie are you using?

mov file is desirable. I don't know iMovie is capable of exporting movie without transcode though...
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Starhawk79 commented on 12 Nov 2009
Ok, I think I may have figured out what is going on, and it looks like it's not x264.

If I were to go to the x264 settings, I would notice that the preview window was much darker than the source file: http://img.skitch.com/20091113-exj43gmr26386griduc2abquxe.jpg

Switching to h.264 (or any other choice) showed a preview window much closer to the original source: http://img.skitch.com/20091113-ns842yu76qws2fskm1hxtkfay9.jpg

So, right now Im thinking the x264 file will be darker than the h.264. This IS true and what my original pictures above showed.

But in reality, what is happening is h.264 is actually producing video that is LIGHTER than the source! I was able to go through iMovie package files to find the source and compare: http://img.skitch.com/20091113-8wx6km4b2hasuiujrm3scw3qri.jpg
http://img.skitch.com/20091113-qnfp9tu3b1itmjaxyhjn56kbkp.jpg

What threw me off was the preview window. x264's preview window is darker than the source, but exports OK. h.264's preview window looks OK, but exports video that is lighter than the source.

Does that make sense? Thank you for looking over this with me, and for always keeping this Quicktime plugin up to date!
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Marioz had trouble on 03 Oct 2009
In 1.1.5 release the QT component apear as a folder.

No way to use it like this. Thnks
[Version 1.1.5]

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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 03 Oct 2009
Clear your browser cache and try again or try downloading with a different browser, I just now downloaded (using Safari Version 4.0.3 (5531.9), OS X 10.5.8) the x264Encoder 1.1.5 and the downloaded files are as they should be.
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Marioz commented on 03 Oct 2009
HI, thnks for support. I re-downloaded the dmg with a different browser but with the same result: the component is a folder...........

Sorry but it is what I get......
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MacUpdate-Lon replied on 03 Oct 2009
Try restarting your Mac and then try the download again. Maybe run your preferred system utilities to clean out your Mac. The problem appears to be at your end of things.
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Marioz commented on 03 Oct 2009
ok, admin thnks for your support. Restarting was the answer...... :-)

The old roads are always the better ones :-D Thnks again
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mac adam had trouble on 18 Nov 2008
Some Problems for playback with my iMac G5 Leopard,
From the last version was add "min keyf", the playback still not read smooth in vlc or quicktime.
[Version 0.9.4]


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Marioz had trouble on 07 Dec 2007
Fantastic codec. But as I use it w/h the AVCdecoder as well I have a question for the developers:
Can it create some trouble using FCP/FCE w/h AVCHD cameras?
[Version 0.7]

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MyCometG3 (developer) replied on 09 Dec 2007
avc1Decoder may decode AVCHD movies, but I am not sure if it works on every file.

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Davidson69 rated on 01 Jan 2012

[Version 1.2.27]



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[Version 1.2.26]



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[Version 1.2.24]



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Jolyjumper rated on 01 May 2011

[Version 1.2.23]



thomas.overbye rated on 11 Apr 2011

[Version 1.2.22]


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x264Encoder is an x264 and libavcodec based QuickTime Media Compressor component. Support avc1, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC Video Media. Support some MPEG-4 AVC features, including Main/High Profile up to Level 5.1. Source codes are included, and free software under GPL V2. Uses libx264.a, libavcodec.a and others from x264 SVN and ffmpeg SVN.


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