What is an H264 file

H264 (H.264 Encoded Video File)

The H264 video file format

The file extension H264 is used when a video file is H.264 encoded. This type of file format is a video compression format and is one of the most popular formats for videos these days, especially high definition videos. The format has the ability to save the video recording, but it can also do the compression and distribution work for the video. The first release of this type of video file format was in mid-2003. Later versions of the format improved the format's performance. The H264 format is widely used for AVCHD video recorders, HD DVDs, and Blu-ray players.

Technical details of H264 files

The thought behind the development of the H264 file format was to create something that would be able to deliver very high quality video, but at lower bit rates than in the past. The developers also didn't want the file to be too complicated to design, wanted to keep costs at a reasonable level, and for the file format to be flexible enough to make it versatile. The H264 file is often misnamed as it is an MP4 file in most cases, but many people still call it an H264 file. The H.264 component is a video compression codec and must have a video container in order to host the video file.

More information about the H264 file format

file extension.h264
File categoryVideo
Sample fileDownload example.h264 file (3.2 MiB)
Associated programsMicrosoft Windows Media Player (Windows)
Apple QuickTime Player (Windows, Mac)
Roxio Creator NXT Pro 2 (Windows
Roxio Toast 12 (Mac)
Corel VideoStudio Pro X7 Ultimate (Windows)
CyberLink Power DVD 14 (Windows)
VideoLAN VLC media player (Windows, Mac, Linux)
usefull linksLearn more about video / h264 files.
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