We can read many articles on Apple and Adobe debate.There are lots of posts talking about open standards and making statements on how H.264 or HTML5 is going to kill off Flash. But in fact, H.264 Is a Codec, HTML5 is a language and Flash Is a Platform: One Can’t Kill Off the Other.
Maxim Levkov(Adobe Systems Inc) published the white book <Video Encoding Cookbook and Profile Guidelines for the Adobe® Flash Platform>. This comprehensive technical whitepaper is intended as a reference guide for those whose aim is to improve the overall quality of their encoded video, producing the very best quality possible. You can get the white book here. Following is a introduction of this book.
Video compression is indeed both an art form and a highly technical process. Many compressionists andwebsite developers responsible for preparing video for web delivery today don’t fully understand the detailsbehind the settings in their encoding software; these details are often hard to find and are often only discussed in scholarly technical papers.
This comprehensive technical whitepaper is intended as a reference guide for those whose aim it is to improve the overall quality of their encoded video, producing the very best quality possible. Best practices, quality control testing techniques, and specific encoding considerations for delivery on the Flash Platform are discussed. While highly technical in nature, it is meant to introduce advanced encoding techniques to those who may not adequately understand what is happening “behind the UI” in their compression software, providing greater insight into the encoding process — and ultimately helping to deliver the very best playback experience.
In addition, Flash Player supports H.264 video since 2007. You also can read more FAQ about VP6 and H.264 for Adobe Flash Player like:
- What capabilities does H.264 add to the Adobe Flash Player?
- Has H.264 replaced VP6 in Adobe Flash Player?
- Which is more suitable, VP6 or H.264, for my Flash video application?
Tips: H264 is a standard codec capable of creating good video quality at substantially lower bit rates eg. half or less the bitrate then mpeg2 or H.263. an additional goal was to provide enough flexibility to allow the standard to be applied to a various broad of applications and systems. Read more about H.264 at WIKIPEDIA