Want To Become A Video Savant? 3 Essential Codecs To Know

When wanting to unlock greater performance and increased efficiency on file size, becoming familiar with H.264, ProRes and DXV are integral.

Want To Become A Video Savant? 3 Essential Codecs To Know
Three video codecs stand out as top performers for using when creating video, H.264, ProRes and DXV.
Want To Become A Video Savant? 3 Essential Codecs To Know
Three video codecs stand out as top performers for using when creating video, H.264, ProRes and DXV.

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It’s Sunday morning. The band just finished rehearsal, lyrics are loaded and the lights are just bright enough to create that perfect worship atmosphere.

Then the pastor comes in.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the performance of a video is dependent to the codec of that video.

He hands you a Flash drive, and says he has a video to play during his message. And you don’t have enough time to test it. It’s inevitable that the file won’t play right, because they just downloaded it without testing.

If you’ve served in the church for even a few weeks, you’ve found yourself in a situation like this.

Over the years, I’ve learned that the performance of a video is dependent to the codec of that video. So here they are, the essential video codecs you need to know in order to become (or even look like) a video savant.

H.264

Quicktime H.264 is the de facto, standard video codec for almost every computer, especially Apple computers. 

H.264 was more than 30 years in the making, and has quickly become the standard for all things video. Drones, BluRay, phones, GoPros and many other cornerstone video devices have caused the popularity of this format to skyrocket over the last few years. Furthermore, this is perfect for those wanting to play a testimony video, a promo video for your next mission trip or that last minute sermon illustration.

H.264 works with most presentation software, and should be your go-to format for most videos you use. If you see a performance issue with this codec, the best tip I can give you is to limit your quality to High (instead of best) or 80 percent instead of 100 percent. You won’t see a quality difference, but the performance will be greatly improved.

The last thing to know about H.264 is that it can be processor intensive. In video, the more “compressed” a video file is, the harder it can be on the processor. Which means a smaller file size does not mean it’s easier for the computer to play. Most standard videos (even in a 4k resolution), H.264 will be great for you.

However, if you want to do live manipulation to large files (like color correction, layering of effects, play rate, etc.), you may want to test this codec before using it live. It’s not optimized for the live manipulation of features like color or play rate.


More About Luke McElroy
Luke McElroy is the founder of Orange Thread Media, the parent company to TripleWide Media, SALT Conferences and Orange Thread LIVE. He is the author of The Wide Guide: Blueprint for the Multiscreen Movement. Through his leadership, Orange Thread’s work has been seen around the world with well known brands including American Idol, Blake Shelton, Bill Engvall and hundreds of churches every week through the stock media their team has created. Luke was named one of the top innovators in the church by Worship Leader Magazine in 2013 and made the Impact 100 “List of Entrepreneurs to Watch Under 30.” He currently lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
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Worship Facilities Magazine, July-August 2017
The July-August 2017 issue of Worship Facilities Magazine offers a glance at a Texas church and Colorado church, with regard to recent work completed at each facility.


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Technology · Video · Streaming · Visual Arts · Filmmaking · Multi-media · BluRay · Codecs · Compressed · DXV · GoPros · H.264 · All Topics

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