- Provides best-in-class performance, compression, and features.
- Achieves dramatic performance, encoding 4 or more 1080p streams in realtime on a single consumer-level computer.
- Gives the best quality, having the most advanced psychovisual optimizations.
- Support features necessary for many different applications, such as television broadcast, Blu-ray low-latency video applications, and web video.
- x264 forms the core of many web video services, such as Youtube, Facebook, Vimeo, and Hulu.
It is widely used by television broadcasters and ISPs.
The latest x264 source code can always be found by anonymous git repository:
# git clone http://git.videolan.org/git/x264.git
Or grab a daily tarball.
You can browse the source on-line.
Official builds for Windows, Linux, and MacOSX are available
- 8x8 and 4x4 adaptive spatial transform
- Adaptive B-frame placement
- B-frames as references / arbitrary frame order
- CAVLC/CABAC entropy coding
- Custom quantization matrices
- Intra: all macroblock types (16x16, 8x8, 4x4, and PCM with all predictions)
- Inter P: all partitions (from 16x16 down to 4x4)
- Inter B: partitions from 16x16 down to 8x8 (including skip/direct)
- Interlacing (MBAFF)
- Multiple reference frames
- Ratecontrol: constant quantizer, constant quality, single or multipass ABR, optional VBV
- Scenecut detection
- Spatial and temporal direct mode in B-frames, adaptive mode selection
- Parallel encoding on multiple CPUs
- Predictive lossless mode
- Psy optimizations for detail retention (adaptive quantization, psy-RD, psy-trellis)
- Zones for arbitrarily adjusting bitrate distribution
In addition to being free to use under the GNU GPL, x264 is also available under a commercial license from x264 LLC and CoreCodec. Contact email@example.com for more details.
Software using x264
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