QuickTime Video Codecs

Each codec offers advantages and disadvantages. Some are more appropriate for storing certain types of media; others introduce more artifacts. Some compress slowly and decompress quickly, while others compress and decompress at the same speed. Some codecs can compress a file to 1/100 of its original size, while others decrease the file size very little. Some codecs are available only on specific operating system platforms, some require a particular processor, and some require a minimum version of QuickTime for playback.

When choosing a codec you should consider the following:

Compressor comes equipped with the standard video codecs that QuickTime offers and the additional codec options that come with QuickTime Pro. Unless you know that people in your target audience have a particular codec installed on their computers, you should use one of the standard QuickTime codecs to ensure universal conformity.

Note: See the relevant QuickTime documentation for more information about choosing video codecs and how to get the best out of the video codec settings.

Video codecs can be divided into the following two types: