H.264 is a video compression standard used for HD videos. In fact, it’s the most widely-used video codec today. As such, this codec can be incorporated into several container formats like MP4, 3GP, MOV, FLV, and others. Most of the time, it’s encoded with the Advanced Audio Coding (AAC) codec.
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MP4 (MPEG-4 Part 14) is a video container format based on QuickTime MOV. But unlike MOV, it adds support for other MPEG features. MP4 supports video (MPEG-4 Part 2 and MPEG-4 Part 10/H.264), audio (MP3, AAC, SLS, TTSI, and ALAC), and subtitles (MPEG-4 timed text). It’s this codec combination that gives MP4 its flexibility.
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