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What is H.264 codec?

H.264/MPEG-4 Part 10 or AVC (Advanced Video Coding) is a standard for video compression. H.264 codec can encode video with approximately 3 times fewer bits than MPEG-2 (the DVD standard). That means H.264 delivers High-def quality with half even quarter of Bit-rate usage.

  • H.264 codec is widely used in applications, networks, streaming formats like HTML 5, Apple HLS, and camcorders.
  • H.264(MPEG-4 AVC) codecis able to support high resolutions like 4K and even 8K videos.
  • H.264(MPEG-4 AVC) codec is supported by GPU hardware accleration using Intel Quick Sync Video.

To make PC, Mac support H.264 video or create H.264 videos, free download H.264 (MPEG-4 AVC) Codec/encoder on Windows 10 or macOS.

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  • Encode videos from other formats to H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec (H.264 video in containers like MP4, MOV, AVI, MKV, etc.)
  • Support H.264 encoding from HD 1080P, 4K, to even 8K quality in HDR.
  • Support H.264 hardware encoding using Intel QSV, Nvidia Cuda/Nvenc, and AMD.
  • Decode H.264 video (HD/4K/8K at 30/60/120/240FPS in 8/10/12 bit) to H.265, AVI, WMV, M2TS, MPEG-2, FLV, WebM etc.

[Updated] H.264 Codec Packs Free Download

In forums like Videohelp and Doom9, you can find a long-winded lists which offers free H.264/MPEG-4 AVC codec download for Windows 10, macOS, and other systems. Here we've selected and recommended some of the best H.264 codecs for free download.

• X264

X264 is one of the most popular free video compression libraries. It's released under the terms of the GNU GPL and is a major library of VLC and FFmpeg. You can free download the H.264 codec pack on Windows 10, macOS, and Linux to encode video streams into the H.264/MPEG-4 AVC compression format.

• DivX Plus HD

DivX Plus HD files contain H.264/MPEG-4 AVC videos with AAC surround sound audio. It represents a carefully selected balance of features developed in collaboration with our manufacturing partners. It enables both strong compression and interoperability across a huge range of device categories including DVD players, Blu-ray players, digital TVs, set-top boxes and more.

• H.264 in QuickTime 7

QuickTime 7 features a state-of-the-art video codec called H.264. Ratified as part of the MPEG-4 standard (MPEG-4 Part 10), it delivers stunning quality at remarkably low data rates. Free download QuickTime H.264 codec, you can get excellent results across a broad range of bandwidths, from 3G for mobile devices to iChat AV for video conferencing to HD for broadcast and DVD.

• MainConcept AVC/H.264 Codec Pack

MainConcept AVC/H.264 Codec Pack Windows 10 offers fast encoding and decoding speeds in all profiles and levels supported. It encodes and decodes H.264/AVC video, making it easy to add support for this exciting new format to existing applications. The encoder also includes pre-configured templates for Blu-ray, Sony PSP, Apple iPod, AVCHD, Adobe Flash, Silverlight and other standards. The Broadcast version of the Codec Package even offers AVC-Intra Class 50 and Class 100 support.

• x264vfw

x264vfw is the VfW (Video for Windows) version of well known x264 encoder + ffh264 decoder. You can download the free H.264/AVC codec on Windows XP/Vista/7/8. x264 VFW can do both AVC/H.264 encoding and AVC/H.264 decoding on Video For Windows compatible programs like VirtualDub.

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Jack Watt is a sought-after editor at Digiarty. He is responsible for digital and multimedia world, delivering definitive video and audio related software reviews, enlightening guides, and incisive analysis. As a fan of Apple, Jack Watt also brings his experience to more readers and focuses on writing of the Apple ecosystem at large.

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