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« on: March 27, 2013, 14:06 »
Is it safe to export my videos with h264 codec?

I submit videos to Pond5, Shutterstock, Fotolia, 123Rf and Depositphotos and I'm not sure if they all accept h264 codec and for some of them I can't find reliable info online. Until now I've used PhotoJPEG and never had a problem, but now I want to save some space on my hd ;) Is it worth it or is it better to stick with PhotoJPEG?

« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2013, 14:49 »
I'm not an expert but I had a similar decision and read a lot a while ago and decided to stick with PhotoJPEG.

« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2013, 03:54 »
Thx! But have you decided this because the video quality is better with PhotoJPEG or because of other reasons?

« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2013, 04:10 »
I don't know about the video quality.  There was something about the patent licensing with h.264 that could possibly cause a problem with selling clips for commercial use.  I'm also not sure all sites I use accept h.264.  There isn't much point in making two versions of everything.

External hard drives are so cheap now, I don't store much on my main HD.  So the size of the files isn't a problem.

« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2013, 04:50 »
Even if they accept h.264, as a buyer I would never buy them. I'm producing CGI footage and always upload as photoJPG.
 I'm also working as a freelancer for a small video company and they would never accept if I deliver in h.264.
Quality isn't good enough and it can be difficult if you need to edit frame exactly. And that's what an editor / cutter  usually does.


« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2013, 05:44 »
I have a h.264 cam, can you convert that to photojpg?

« Reply #6 on: April 04, 2013, 07:40 »
I was talking about CGI, where you get seperated frames after rendering and can give this quality to your customer. It makes no sense to convert h.264 to photoJPG, quality won't get better. But microstock customers have to live with h.264 cam footage, due to the low prices. Not many semipro cams have a DVI out.


« Reply #7 on: April 04, 2013, 08:55 »

« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2013, 07:16 »
h264 video can be better quality then PhotoJpeg! It depends from settings. The only problem with h264 is it is not free format! Copyrights are not clear.


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