H.264 is also known as “MPEG-4 Part 10 & Advaced Video Coding”.

It is a widely used compression format (=video codec) that is used extensively in the industry. This includes video conferencing systems, TV broadcasting, webcams, smartphones, etc.

It is royalty bearing and is governed by the MPEG-LA.

WebRTC and the h.264 codec

It is one of the candidates for use as a mandatory to implement video codec in WebRTC.

Recently, a royalty free implementation known as openH264 has been introduced and is being integrated into the latest versions of Mozilla’s Firefox browser as an additional video codec (VP8 is already implemented by Firefox).


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