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H264 codec and Profile

The H.264 standard defines a set of capabilities, which are referred to as profiles.
If you choose "H264 (NVIDIA® NVENC)", the "Profile selection menu" appears like below.

Bandicam h264 profile, high 4:4:4 lossless


* H264 codec and Profile - Size, Quality and Speed

The table below shows the file sizes, video quality and speed of Bandicam codecs and H264 profiles.
Codec Size Quality Speed Description
HEVC 33.5 MB
Better
Fast
Better than H.264 at compression
(NVIDIA NVENC, Intel Quick Sync video)
H264
34.2 MB
Better
Fast
Best codec for most users
H264
(High 4:4:4)
40.7 MB
Better
Fast
High quality, Windows Media Player doesn't support
H264
(High 4:4:4 lossless)
217 MB
Best
Fast
Lossless video codec
Much smaller than YV12 or RGB24
Xvid 52.9 MB
Good
Normal
Best codec for most users
MPEG-1 38.8 MB
Good
Normal
Better compression ratio than Xvid
Motion JPEG 420 MB
Normal
Fast
Best codec for video editing software
YV12 5,210 MB
Best
Faster
Lossless video codec
RGB24 10,400 MB
Best
Fastest
Lossless video codec

(Recording time: one minute, Video resolution: 1920x1080, FPS: 30, Quality: 80)

* Geforce GTX 900 series or higher graphics cards support the "High 4:4:4" or "High 4:4:4 lossless" profile.
* For more information about the H.264 profiles, refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.264/MPEG-4_AVC#Profiles.


How to play H264 (High 4:4:4 profile)

At the moment, Windows Media Player doesn't support the "High 4:4:4" or "High 4:4:4 lossless" profile. To play the H264 (High 4:4:4 profile) video file, please use VLC media player, Media Player Classic, or POT media player.

* VLC media player settings for H264 (High 4:4:4 profile)

The default settings of VLC doesn't allow you to play the original video quality of the H264 (High 4:4:4 profile) video file. If you use VLC media player, please go to Tools -> Preferences (Ctrl+P) -> Video, and then select "Direct2D video output", "OpenGL video output", or "Windows GDI video output".

VLC settings for the h264 codec high 4:4:4 profile


* POT media player settings for H264 (High 4:4:4 profile)

The default settings of VLC doesn't allow you to play the original video quality of the H264 (High 4:4:4 profile) video file. If you use POT media player, please go to Preferences (F5) -> Video -> Colorspaces, and then select "RGB 32", "Enable (if possible") and "TV / LCD (RGB: 16 - 235)".

potplayer, h264, high 4:4:4 profile


* Media Player Classic settings for H264 (High 4:4:4 profile)

The default settings of Media Player Classic allow you to play the original video quality of the H264 (High 4:4:4 profile) video file.


* Tip) The H.264 profiles are only available with the "H264 (NVIDIA NVENC)" encoder.

- Intel Quick Sync Video and AMD VCE profiles may be available in the future.


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