H.264 now standard starting in 2008

Starting in 2008 we've standardized all our tutorial movies to use Apples QuickTime H.264? Codec? at a resolution of 720x480 (720p) for web delivery. While this results in a slightly larger movie file size, the quality of both the video and audio is considerably better and it allows us great flexibility in reusing the content. All movies are setup for fast web delivery so you don't have to wait for the entire movie to download; rather it will start to play as soon as possible depending on the speed of your internet connection. With typical cable broad band connections they should start playing in less and one minute on average (typically much faster).

Because of the difference between the aspect ratio of computer monitors and the standard movie aspect ratios of 16:9, there will typically be a black band running along the top and bottom of the movies which is normal to maintain the letterbox aspect ratio. In some cases, if a movie is presented in an aspect ratio smaller than 720p, the black band might run along the left and right of the image.

Because we've standardized on capturing the images at a monitor screen resolution of 1900x1280 (1080i/p if you like) we can repurpose the content for web, dvd, iphone, ipod, or podcast delivery.

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