H.264 also known as MPEG-4 AVC (Advanced Video Coding), is a video codec standard that offers significantly greater compression than its predecessors (MPEG-2, DivX, XviD etc.). It was created to provide good video quality at substantially lower bit rates than previous standards without increasing the complexity of design.
Here's some tools you can use to create a H.264 video. Nero Recode 2 includes an H.264 encoder called NeroDigital AVC. Quicktime 7 Pro can also encode videos in both Windows and Mac OS X. There is also an open source called x264 but it's command line only.
Here is a list of media players / softwares that support H.264 playback:
- Apple - QuickTime
Just a note that if you installed ffdshow you'll be able to play H.264 in most video players you already have installed, including Windows Media Player as ffdshow is a DirectShow filter.
Also most newly released smart phones, the new version of iPods and PSP supports H.264 playback.
Below I listed all the software you can use to convert your videos / DVD to H.264 format.
- DVD to H.264 Converter
- SUPER (Simplified Universal Player Encoder & Renderer)
- FLV Video to H.264 Converter
You should be able to convert any of your videos to H.264 format by using any softwares I listed above.