Video decoding in GTA-02
mellon at fugue.com
Sun Sep 9 03:12:27 CEST 2007
On Sep 8, 2007, at 11:22 AM, Ian Stirling wrote:
> It's not _quite_ that bad.
> You get >> 1 hour, even playing h.263 very loudly while on a phone
That's cool for demo purposes. Unfortunately H.263 is really only
of interest to people with patience - the average end-user will
consider H.263 support to be equivalent to no video support, since
there's no media available in that format, and e.g. Handbrake doesn't
support it. H.263 requires a bit less CPU for playback than H.264,
but unfortunately requires more bits for the same quality, which I
think is why it's been almost completely replaced by H.264.
I don't mean to make this out to be a crisis, but in order to sell in
quantity to non-geeks, the phone will have to support H.264, or else
we'll need something like Handbrake that supports H.263. If it had
H.264 support in hardware with that screen, it would be *really* sweet!
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