SD video encoded at 200Kbit/s in H.264

Sometimes I enjoy myself trying to find the limit of encoding technologies, this is only an experiment and show the level of compression that you can achieve with H.264 starting from standard definion sources.

In the last post I talked about the importance of optimizing the encoding for Standard Definition contents because they are still over the 90% of the content out there. Well, I think we are very near the limit of H.264 with this 200Kbit/s sample.

The source is a SD video (720×480), encoded at 480×288 which is till good for a 16:9 aspect ratio and then interpolated back to 720×480 in the player (indeed, Flash Player 9

When you evaluate the quality level, remember that 200Kbit/s is almost half the bitrate used on YouTube. Compare the quality with the previous samples at 300 and 400Kbps.

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