Perhaps you want to put some video clips on the web, but can't decide which codec or format to use? Or maybe the Mpeg-2 file that you just encoded for your DVD isn't looking too good. The purpose of this streaming video and DVD codec faq is to help you make an informed decision about what works best for your digital video encoding situation. The first rounds of testing will be on the most common internet video codecs.
This website is geared towards content creators and providers of digital media. If you are just getting started with digital video, also try checking out videohelp.com, and the forum at doom9.org, for starters.
UPDATE 2008: Welcome to the world of high definition camcorders and solid state video recording. CodecTest.com has just posted a , and a .
Several years ago, the creation of the miniDV digital video standard ignited a revolution that has enabled millions of people to become storytellers. These days you can get 3-ccd video cameras for less than $1,000, DVD has replaced VHS, and the explosion of the internet has enabled you to tell your story to hundreds of millions of people worldwide. Unfortunately, you still have to learn how to put all the digital video pieces together, and it's a never-ending process. That's where codectest.com fits in. You'll be able to read practical advice, that's backed up with statistics and digital video clips that you can use to form your own opinions with.
The stakes in this rich media video game are growing by leaps and bounds. For instance, the streaming video boom is being fueled by advertisers who are getting eyeball exposure numbers that are causing them to divert their ad money from TV to the internet. In a ClickZ.com article, Rob Graham sez that "In the future, the Internet will represent a million-channel TV. Anyone with video content has a potential audience. Broadcasts will range from heavily sponsored to free. VOD will be standard. Every topic will find an audience and ways to make money."
PennMedia.com wants to make you an affiliate by putting a free ad-sponsored video feed on your website. Yes, it's not very sophisticated looking, but don't dismiss the concept until you take a look at MSNVideo.com. Did you see the General Motors streaming video ad playing right before the streaming video clip? As a content provider, that GM ad should be on your website, in front of your streaming video. As a content creator, you should be the one they hire to produce the rich media ad that appears on any number of websites. The possibilities are endless!