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x264 Encoder

NEW VERSION r2721

x264 Encoder is an open source H264/AVC based video encoder. The x264 CLI is a command line x264 encoder tool and is used in several converters like Handbrake, Xvid4PSP, StaxRip, RipBot264, FairUse Wizard, MEGUI.

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OS:Windows MacOS Linux
Version:r2721
Released:20160924
File size:8.3MB
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Download Komisar's unoffical x264 VFW Codec here or another an unoffical x264 VFW Codec here, use x264 in for example Virtualdub or other that supports Video For Windows(VFW) Codecs. Both encoding and decoding.

x264 Encoder GUIs/Frontends:
Handbrake, Xvid4PSP, StaxRip, RipBot264, FairUse Wizard, MEGUI, AutoX264, HDConvertToX.




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Version history / Release notes / Changelog

commit 72d53ab2ac7af24597a824e868f2ef363a22f5d4 [revision 2721]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Sat Sep 17 21:41:52 2016 +0200

x86: Faster pixel_ssim_4x4x2_core

commit 8c07263ad9218bdc3e0f5b84d578968513885df7 [revision 2720]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Sat Sep 17 21:14:35 2016 +0200

x86: Deduplicate a constant in hpel_filter_c

commit 9521b278adb92081f052c1b7bfc4b95651d88b07 [revision 2719]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Sat Sep 17 14:45:08 2016 +0200

x86: Faster pixel_ssd_nv12

Also drop the MMX2 version to simplify things.

commit 75d0f9cc8770bc4f36785062116757d24eb44604 [revision 2718]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Sun Sep 11 15:32:54 2016 +0200

x86: SSE zigzag_scan_4x4_field

Replaces the MMX2 version, one cycle faster.

Also change the checkasm test to use the correct alignment macro.

commit 0ce77f9eb71051c9a6121ec12c2abaac99ee628a [revision 2717]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Wed Sep 7 19:27:31 2016 +0200

x86: AVX2 mbtree_propagate_list

SIMD part is around 25% faster than AVX on Haswell, around 7%
faster when including the runtime of the scalar C wrapper.

commit 0c36239a4826f6e5a3cb873aca1814e389a46e29 [revision 2716]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Wed Sep 7 19:26:42 2016 +0200

x86: Move predict_16x16_dc_left calculations to asm

1-2 cycles faster and avoids some code duplication to decrease code size.

Also drop the MMX2 implementation in favor of SSE2 to simplify things.

commit 0cc8afd31212de013b26b10f58c608c9adcff2fc [revision 2715]
Author: Anton Mitrofanov <BugMaster@narod.ru>
Date: Thu Aug 18 19:00:48 2016 +0300

avs: support for AviSynth+ high bit-depth pixel formats

commit dc0fe73636d34baeb3a64918b52db64d2a9e83bb [revision 2714]
Author: Janne Grunau <janne-x264@jannau.net>
Date: Fri Aug 26 20:26:56 2016 +0300

aarch64: implement x264_plane_copy_swap_neon

plane_copy_swap_c: 27054
plane_copy_swap_neon: 4152

commit eaf2fc20c8579714a48523b7ab8c05373708a25f [revision 2713]
Author: Anton Mitrofanov <BugMaster@narod.ru>
Date: Thu Aug 18 22:14:22 2016 +0300

Various cosmetics of semicolon use

commit aae177c55141460f442de0572c4a434bf2ae20bc [revision 2712]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Thu Jul 28 21:58:40 2016 +0200

cli: Prefetch yuv/y4m input frames on Windows 8 and newer

Use PrefetchVirtualMemory() (if available) on memory-mapped input frames.

Significantly improves performance when the source file is not already
present in the OS page cache by asking the OS to bring in those pages from
disk using large, concurrent I/O requests.

Most beneficial on fast encoding settings. Up to 40% faster overall with
--preset ultrafast, and up to 20% faster overall with --preset veryfast.

This API was introduced in Windows 8, so call it conditionally. On older
Windows systems the previous behavior remains unchanged.

commit 4e5adb87070c82b937c03e0cc030eae3578c251d [revision 2711]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Thu Jul 28 19:34:04 2016 +0200

Adjust --preset slow

* Swap --me umh for --trellis 2. They have a similar effect on performance
but the latter gives slightly better results in most cases.
* Change --b-adapt from 2 to 1. Negligible difference in quality since the
b-adapt 1 improvements, but it's significantly faster.

Also remove a redundant assignment from veryfast (--me hex is set by default).

commit 1e4fb55a283ba90fef346033027af851f2a04468 [revision 2710]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Thu Jul 28 19:33:57 2016 +0200

ratecontrol_new: Simplify an expression in HRD timescale calculation

Also gets rid of a false positive static analyser integer division warning.

commit 17378b2028146fa54a1b2b90da62554935d9dcc2 [revision 2709]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Thu Jul 28 19:33:44 2016 +0200

gcc: Enable __sync_fetch_and_add() on x86-64

It was previously only enabled on 32-bit x86 for no reason, so 64-bit
systems had to use a mutex instead of a simple `lock xadd` instruction.

Note that this code is only used in some very specific configurations
involving sliced threads.

commit 86b71982e131eaa70125f8d0e725fcade9c4c677 [revision 2708]
Author: Anton Mitrofanov <BugMaster@narod.ru>
Date: Tue Sep 20 18:48:22 2016 +0300

mips: Fix high bit-depth compilation

commit 1ea3c682ca12c7f13ea6f82b42bdc40afcfda87f [revision 2707]
Author: Henrik Gramner <henrik@gramner.com>
Date: Sat Sep 17 15:53:59 2016 +0200

checkasm: Fix compilation on Windows with --disable-thread

commit 5caef139cf7d6b41a95ee9568625d36d1ae1c107 [revision 2706]
Author: Janne Grunau <janne-x264@jannau.net>
Date: Fri Aug 26 20:26:55 2016 +0300

arm/aarch64: use plane_copy wrapper macros

Move the macros to common/mc.h to share them across all architectures.
Fixes possible buffer overreads if the width of the user supplied frames
is not a multiple of 16.

Reported-by: Kirill Batuzov <batuzovk@ispras.ru>
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Superb!!!


Posted November 30, 2013 by eagletdw. Tool version 0.130.2273 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Brilliant software.

I use this commandline tool as part of a conversion sequence to turn TV captures into smaller .mp4s for later playback on a "WDTV Live" box.

The X264 commandline can be daunting to figure out initially (examples abound though, just search) but once you have a useful commandline then Bob's your Uncle. eg "my" commandline creates h264 video which is proven fully compatible with the WDTV Live in terms of the "video technical compliance stuff". Happy days.

X264, when combined with FFMPEG to convert audio and with MP4box to mux the video/audio into an .mp4, provides you with capability to create your own (repeatable) custom tailored encodes.

Fantastic.



Posted July 30, 2011 by hydra3333. Tool version 2044 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 4 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Extreme compression might be a very good feature for Sharing in-contra to my previous comment. Still figuring-out quality settings for personal back-up.

Other ripping tools like Xvid4PSP, StaxRip, RipBot264, FairUse Wizard, MEGUI must be updated to this version accordingly.



Posted September 03, 2010 by Bonie81. Tool version Version:r1703 using OS Linux
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



v r1703 better compression, but, video loses overall sharpness.
it's disappointing.
Target Video Bit rate : 1 500 Kbps
Actual Video Bit rate : 817 Kpbs (Too Low than target results-in poor Quality)


Hope for better improvement in next release.



Posted August 26, 2010 by Bonie81. Tool version r1703 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Simply the best implementation of H.264 spec.

It is a CLI tool so some patience is required to learn it, otherwise use some great GUI's like
Ripbot, StaxRip, or MeGUI.



Posted July 13, 2010 by Vladrial. Tool version 1666 using OS Windows 7
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



The BEST,
and my most favorite video encoder.

Thanks for continuous updates.

Note:-
======
x264 vfw requires same trends for updates too!



Posted May 30, 2010 by Bonie81. Tool version r1613 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



Simply The Best H264 encoder available, no doubt.
Thanks to authors for keeping FREE,
and running a good show of updates.



Posted May 17, 2010 by Bonie81. Tool version 1592 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 9 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 9 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



By far the best H.264 encoder I've ever experienced. It even dwarfed all these commercial products and it's getting better!



Posted May 01, 2010 by pintcat. Tool version 1570 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 5 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Unless you device does not support h264 part 10 (AVC) then there is NO REASON why you should not be using x264, even if you are not a console God , there is plenty of GUI's that harness the power of this codec implmentation.


Posted November 30, 2009 by dannyboy48888. Tool version 1354 using OS Windows 7 64-bit
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



I have been an AVI with XviD and MP3 die hard fan for a LONG time! I just recently graduated to using MKV files and building my own chapters. THEN, I discovered that I can encode H264/X264 files and *directly* mux the AC3 audio from a DVD rip into an MKV.

What I did NOT expect was the quality of video as such low bit rates.

I very extensively use my Western Digital WD TV to play the videos I make on. When using XivD to encode 720 videos (1280X720), I *must* run at least 5000kbs to have a decent picture. With H264 (or better yet, x264.exe) the video quality is superior, at only 2500kbs!!!

Now I wish my Creative Zen would support 264, because it is leaps and bounds better than WMV9!!

I love this CLI tool, thanks so much to the author(s)!!! I hope to have a GUI built soon, and have plans on making a GUI tool kit for MKVs! Thanks!



Posted February 02, 2009 by RogerTango. Tool version r1097 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



With this codec,you have DVD-like picture quality on VCD bitrates!
IMO, the future is here, in this codec!

I use it with super encoder to batch convert dvb mpeg2 files of various framesizes. The speed is 1/4 realtime on my core 2 duo 6600.

The vfm version is faster (about 2/5 realtime). You can use it with virtualdub.

An excellent choice for those who like cutting edge solutions, or something with great future in front of it!



Posted April 25, 2007 by SatStorm. Tool version cor54 rev600 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



X264 is the best codec I ever used. Thanks to DeathToSheep for the unofficial VFW version I can stay using it with virtualdub.
I capture with Mainconcept PVR in MPEG2 (quality 32) and convert with VirtualdubMPG to AVI files (X264 -single pass bitrate 800)
With this combination of videotools I can put 13 episodes (50minutes/episode) of my favorite "Aspe murders" soap on 1 DVD and the quality is much,much better than VHS.



Posted December 05, 2006 by filipdebie. Tool version 6.00 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



After being skeptical about AVC H.264 I finally broke down and decided to try it for some iPod movies. The source files were MPEG-1 @ 1856kbps ripped from some high bitrate xVCD's I did years ago, I tried doing these with 3ivX and DivX 6.2.5 and wasn't pleased with the results especially on HDTV, I tried x264 using MeGUI and I am blown away by the 2-pass quality @ 700kbps. Even at a low resolution of 352x144 these movies look good (not great)on a 42" HDTV and the file sizes are quite small. MeGUI is a very powerful program but not exactly for noobs, When the ability for 640x480 iPod resolutions becomes possible this codec will be unstoppable!!


Posted September 24, 2006 by GMaq. Tool version 565 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 7 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



What's xvid?? what's divx?? what's wmv??

No way X264 the best codec ever.

High quality in low bitrate.

This awesome codec use for me for months.No rival.

Cauptain



Posted January 27, 2006 by Cauptain. Tool version 409 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10



Better quality than XVID and a smaller file size. Use the latest FFDshow from Celtic_Druid for playback. Be aware that playback is CPU intensive - Not designed for < 2.0Ghz machines (yet).


Posted June 15, 2005 by soopafresh. Tool version 263 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 9 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10



works now correctly in sony vegas - testing quality against other H264, but so far - this is a winner ..




Posted June 14, 2005 by BJ_M. Tool version Revision 261 using OS WinXP
Ease of use 8 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10


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