What are the best Video codecs?

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    #1HEVC / H.265

    HEVC / H.265

    HEVC / H.265  is a High-Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC), also known as H.265, is a new video compression standard, developed by the Joint Collaborative Team on Video Coding (JCT-VC).

    Albert Gray
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "hevc/h.265 is great for high quality videos at a lower file size, you just need a somewhat modern computer to run it."
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    #2Apple ProRes

    Apple ProRes

    Apple ProRes is a video codec format developed by Apple Inc. Apple ProRes codecs provide an unparalleled combination of multistream, real-time editing performance, impressive image quality, and reduced storage rates. Apple ProRes codecs take full advantage of multicore processing and feature fast, reduced-resolution decoding modes. Supports any frame size (including SD, HD, 2K, 4K, and 5K) at full resolution.

    Joseph Richardson
    Written on October 20, 2017
    "It's important to have a good video codec for optimal performance! Apple ProRes is just such a codec with an impressive list of powerful and fast features that truly makes your video viewing experience its best. If you have an Apple device, then you certainly can't go wrong with the Apple ProRes Codec for an excellent video codec among the many options that are available."
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    #3H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

    H.264/MPEG-4 AVC

    H.264 is an advanced video coding, commonly used for the recording, compression, and distribution of video content. 

    Michelle Allen
    Written on October 22, 2017
    "I think h.264/mpeg-4 is the best video codec because it's the most commonly used format. Since it's the most commonly used it is great for making videos since it is compatible with most softwares."
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    3GP is a video codec format defined by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for 3G UMTS multimedia services. It is used on 3G mobile phones but can also be played on some 2G and 4G phones. 

    Kyle Richardson
    Written on November 3, 2017
    "While 3GP is a widely use video codec that can get file sizes very small, it does make videos a bit blurry on Todays larger screens. If you need to encode video that can be played on a lot of mobile platforms, 3GP is still the way to go."
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    Xvid is a video codec library following the MPEG-4 video coding standard, specifically MPEG-4 Part 2 Advanced Simple Profile (ASP). It uses ASP features such as b-frames, global and quarter pixel motion compensation, Lumi masking, trellis quantization, and H.263, MPEG and custom quantization matrices.

    Magdalena Carranza
    Written on October 13, 2017
    "The Xvid coded is very useful. It is free and does not contain ad-ware. It runs swiftly and does not take up a lot of space on your pc. It is convenient to be able to play the compressed videos on most devices/ This is because it is very versatile. Most platforms, video players and even home entertainment devices like televisions are able to handle it. It can compress at 200:1, saving space and time. The picture quality remains excellent. "
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    #6Media Player Codec Pack

    Media Player Codec Pack

    The Media Player Codec Pack is a very easy to install codec package adding for Windows a good collection of audio and video codecs such DVDs, Xvid, MP4, Real, and many more.




    Brenda Reynolds
    Written on December 20, 2017
    "This codec pack was super easy to install and has been really easy to use. I like how convenient it is to download all at once. It's been useful for me."
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    #7Combined Community Codec Pack

    Combined Community Codec Pack

    The Combined Community Codec Pack (CCCP) is a pack of audio and video codecs specially created to detect and avoid conflicts. This codec pack works with Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10 either 32-bit or 64-bit.




    Helen Yu
    Written on December 10, 2017
    "This Combined Code pack really has it all. They're the best of the codec best, and works with most windows versions."


Best What are the best Video codecs
1HEVC / H.265 Other 10 Paid
2Apple ProResOther 5 Paid
3H.264/MPEG-4 AVCOther 4 Paid
43GPOther 4 Paid
5XvidOther 1 Paid
6Media Player Codec PackSoftware 1 Free
7Combined Community Codec Pack Software 0 Free

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