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x264 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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More information and other downloads:
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:
8 hours agox86: XOP pixel_sad_{x3, x4} high bit-depth master
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James Almer [Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:33:06 +0200 (03:33 -0300)]
x86: XOP pixel_sad_{x3, x4} high bit-depth

8 hours agox86: XOP pixel_ssd_nv12_core
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James Almer [Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:33:05 +0200 (03:33 -0300)]
x86: XOP pixel_ssd_nv12_core

8 hours agox86util: XOP optimized HADDD
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James Almer [Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:33:04 +0200 (03:33 -0300)]
x86util: XOP optimized HADDD

8 hours agox86: add missing initialization for high bit-depth sa8d_satd
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James Almer [Wed, 9 Apr 2014 08:33:03 +0200 (03:33 -0300)]
x86: add missing initialization for high bit-depth sa8d_satd

8 hours agox86: add missing initializations for high bit-depth variance
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James Almer [Sun, 6 Apr 2014 04:46:31 +0200 (23:46 -0300)]
x86: add missing initializations for high bit-depth variance

8 hours agoarm: use the weight_fn_t typedef for mc weight function arrays
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Janne Grunau [Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:11:45 +0200 (22:11 +0200)]
arm: use the weight_fn_t typedef for mc weight function arrays

8 hours agoarm: correct x264_mc_chroma_neon function declaration
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Janne Grunau [Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:11:44 +0200 (22:11 +0200)]
arm: correct x264_mc_chroma_neon function declaration

8 hours agoarm: do not export every asm function
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Janne Grunau [Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:11:43 +0200 (22:11 +0200)]
arm: do not export every asm function

Based on Libav's libavutil/arm/asm.S. Also prevents having the same
label twice for every function on systems not defining EXTERN_ASM.
Clang's integrated assembler does not like it.

8 hours agoarm: move all .macro/.endm to column 0
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Janne Grunau [Tue, 1 Apr 2014 22:11:42 +0200 (22:11 +0200)]
arm: move all .macro/.endm to column 0

8 hours agoaarch64: require PIC in shared mode
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William Grant [Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:21:52 +0200 (09:21 -0700)]
aarch64: require PIC in shared mode

8 hours agoarm: x264_coeff_last8_arm
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Janne Grunau [Sun, 16 Mar 2014 18:21:58 +0200 (17:21 +0100)]
arm: x264_coeff_last8_arm

checkasm --bench on a coretex-a9:
coeff_last8_c: 173
coeff_last8_armv6: 151

60 instead of 73 cycles in ~130k runs on the same cpu while encoding.

8 hours agoarm: x264_store_interleave_chroma_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 21:09:18 +0200 (20:09 +0100)]
arm: x264_store_interleave_chroma_neon

store_interleave_chroma_c: 4036
store_interleave_chroma_neon: 1043

8 hours agoarm: x264_plane_copy_interleave_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:55:50 +0200 (19:55 +0100)]
arm: x264_plane_copy_interleave_neon

plane_copy_interleave_c: 40285
plane_copy_interleave_neon: 10137

8 hours agoarm: x264_plane_copy_deinterleave_rgb_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 20:21:12 +0200 (19:21 +0100)]
arm: x264_plane_copy_deinterleave_rgb_neon

plane_copy_deinterleave_rgb_c: 31543
plane_copy_deinterleave_rgb_neon: 8312

8 hours agoarm: load_deinterleave_chroma_f{dec,enc}_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 19:22:49 +0200 (18:22 +0100)]
arm: load_deinterleave_chroma_f{dec,enc}_neon

load_deinterleave_chroma_fdec_c: 4055
load_deinterleave_chroma_fdec_neon: 995
load_deinterleave_chroma_fenc_c: 4071
load_deinterleave_chroma_fenc_neon: 992

8 hours agoarm: x264_plane_copy_deinterleave_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 18:22:08 +0200 (17:22 +0100)]
arm: x264_plane_copy_deinterleave_neon

plane_copy_deinterleave_c: 42988
plane_copy_deinterleave_neon: 10184

8 hours agoarm: implement deblock_strength_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 14:29:41 +0200 (13:29 +0100)]
arm: implement deblock_strength_neon

Based on deblock_strength_avx.

checkasm --bench on a cortex-a9:
deblock_strength_c: 14611
deblock_strength_neon: 1848

8 hours agoarm: add missing macro instantiation for x264_pixel_avg_4x16_neon
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Janne Grunau [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 11:51:11 +0200 (10:51 +0100)]
arm: add missing macro instantiation for x264_pixel_avg_4x16_neon

checkasm --bench on a cortex-a9:
avg_4x16_c: 8910
avg_4x16_neon: 2091

8 hours agoarm: implement x264_predict_4x4_v_armv6
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Janne Grunau [Thu, 13 Mar 2014 02:02:13 +0200 (01:02 +0100)]
arm: implement x264_predict_4x4_v_armv6

Alone probably not worth it but allows use of predict_4x4_dc|h_armv6
in intra_sad|satd_x3_4x4_neon.

8 hours agoppc: fix build on certain PowerPC variants without Altivec stable
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Roland Stigge [Sun, 23 Mar 2014 18:29:37 +0200 (09:29 -0700)]
ppc: fix build on certain PowerPC variants without Altivec

8 hours agoOnly add strip option '-s' for linker flags
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Anton Mitrofanov [Mon, 21 Apr 2014 22:58:24 +0200 (00:58 +0400)]
Only add strip option '-s' for linker flags

Fixes some build warnings with clang.

34 hours agoconfigure: remove an unnecessary option from CFLAGS on OS X
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Tsukasa OMOTO [Sat, 15 Mar 2014 09:53:53 +0200 (16:53 +0900)]
configure: remove an unnecessary option from CFLAGS on OS X

Fixes Clang 3.4 compilation on OS X.

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Alternative to x264 Encoder:
TMPGEnc Video Mastering Works
TotalCode Studio



Guides and How to's:
Creating / Converting Blu-rays with x264 (command line options) - Read
x264 Encoding Options Explained - Read
X264 Settings explained - Read
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Acronyms / Also Known As:
x264 cli, x264cli

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Superb!!!


Posted November 30, 2013 by . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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 . 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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