OK, fire up those browsers, clear that broadband pipeline and start downloading! Apple is demonstrating their high-def content for QuickTime
, so git it while the gittin's good. All of these videos are encoded using the H.264 codec
you'll be hearing quite a bit about this one in the near future as it's
the de-facto standard for MPEG-4 compression. H.264 (part 10 to be
specific) offers MPEG-2 quality at 30% to 50% of the data rate. Are you
starting to see why Dish Network, DirecTV and other providers are
planning a move from MPEG-2 to MPEG-4?
There are demonstration videos ranging from recent motion pictures (Fantastic Four
and Batman Begins
) to outstanding nature and science videos (BBC Motion Gallery: Andes
and NASA Space Shuttle
If you have the computing horsepower, graphics card and capable
display, all of these are worthy of your broadband connection. Give 'em
a shot and then tell everyone what you thought of each in our comments!