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H264 is a type of encoder for video.

 

Once a video has been encoded it's put into a 'container' file such as MP4, AVI, MKV or the like. So the end product or file extension is chosen by the person or software doing the encoding.

 

I hope this clarifies things for you.

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Ok. Well I guess i'll just experiment to see what the file extension ends up being when I'm done with H264. Mp4 or otherwise.

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Ok. Well I guess i'll just experiment to see what the file extension ends up being when I'm done with H264. Mp4 or otherwise.

 

What is your intended purpose for the video - DVD, Blu Ray, thumbdrive with video files, archive or other? Why are you encoding with H264? What is the source of the videos?

 

You select the container based on what you want to do with the video file. The program you have does not do any high definition encoding so you are limited to 720 by 480 resolution to a DVD or video file.

 

Are you sure you posted in the correct part of the forum?

 

 

H264 (from Wikipedia)

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"What is your intended purpose for the video - DVD, Blu Ray, thumbdrive with video files, archive or other?"

 

Archive to digital format. Perhaps Youtube sharing.

 

"Why are you encoding with H264?"

 

I was told mp4 was best for archiving and uploading to Youtube.

 

"What is the source of the videos?"

 

Old VHS tapes recorded from Compact C format tapes (poor quality at best)

 

"Are you sure you posted in the correct part of the forum? "

 

I don't know. It seemed like the best area. Any suggestions where I should put my questions?

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Please confirm that you have this Roxio program (link) (User's Guide)

 

Did you look at the program to see what formats are available? No need to look at anything blu ray. I don't have that program loaded. Do you have the option for "Video" output?

 

Have you captured your taps yet? Copy to computer and not directly to DVD.

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Please confirm that you have this Roxio program (link) (User's Guide)

 

Yes sir.

 

Did you look at the program to see what formats are available?

 

MPEG2

H.264

WMV

 

Each with variable Data rates.

 

Have you captured your taps yet?

 

What's a "tap"?

 

Not to worry, I've captured and exported the videos. My original question was what file type is associated to a H.264 compression codec. The answer is mp4.

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A choice between MPEG2, H.264, and WMV (in the Compression drop-down) indeed gives no clue to the container and extension that will be used. Just try and see. MP4 was always likely for H.264, though.

"Why are you encoding with H264?"

 

I was told mp4 was best for archiving and uploading to Youtube.

 

 

MP4 (H.264) is an excellent format for archiving, if it is the final edit.

YouTube doesn’t care much what type gets uploaded, as it accepts a wide variety of formats and it re-encodes everything anyway.

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If you choose "Computer " for export and choose H264 for coding, it will be MP4 and you will find it living in EVD's Computer subdirectory.

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