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Microstock Footage Forum => General - Stock Video => Topic started by: grejak on August 11, 2019, 12:45

Title: H265 vs H264
Post by: grejak on August 11, 2019, 12:45
Hello, i've been doing some research on this two codecs, and i couldn't really decide which one is better for stock. Any suggestions much appreciated !
Title: Re: H265 vs H264
Post by: wds on August 11, 2019, 20:50
H264 is much more common but less efficient than the newer H265. Check the submission requirements of the sites you are interested in uploading to and make a decision.
Title: Re: H265 vs H264
Post by: increasingdifficulty on August 12, 2019, 05:26
Hello, i've been doing some research on this two codecs, and i couldn't really decide which one is better for stock. Any suggestions much appreciated !

You can break it down like this:

Size vs quality.

Ease of use for the buyer (editing speed).

If you have ever edited a real project, like a short film, you know that h265 is a pain in the... h264 is better, but intra-frame codecs like ProRes are the best. Much, much easier for the computer to handle, which means editing ProRes is a dream compared to h265, which is a nightmare.

h265 is more effective than h264, which means better quality at the same filesize, but the buyer would likely have to convert it to another format before editing.

The middle ground is h264, OK to edit with, and good filesize.

I prefer doing everything with intra-frame codecs, UNLESS the filesize becomes too big. So for a 30-sec 4k clip, I would probably choose h264 over ProRes, but ProRes for the majority of my clips, especially if they're only in HD.

If you have timelapses or other clips you've shot in RAW, you can retain more color information (10-bit vs. 8-bit) with ProRes or h265.

Inter-frame codecs are delivery codecs first and foremost, while intra-frame codecs are intermediate editing codecs.