Codecs and Color Correction: Two Things I Wish I Would Have Known

Codecs and Color Correction: Two Things I Wish I Would Have Known

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But doesn't using the term

jamworks's picture
But doesn't using the terms "codec" and "video format" synonymously, as Video Formats Explained does, add to the confusion? After I understood that DV is a video format, which can be in containers (a.k.a. file formats) such as AVI (.avi) or Quicktime (.mov) in the computer world, I was later confused when reading about the Canopus DV codec, the Apple DV codec, the Sony DV codec, etc. Likewise, while H.264 is a video format, we have Apple's H.264 codec, Main Concept's H.264 codec, the open source x264 codec, etc., all for creating and playing H.264 video. Videomaker explains codecs well at http://www.videomaker.com/article/14743/ . The article explains "codecs encode and compress streams of data for storage or they decompress for playback or even editing." So I find it helpful to realize that codecs are not video formats. Codecs encode or decode specific video formats, and can come from different manufacturers. Some codecs are considered better than others for the same video format.