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Desktop Video News #055: The MPEG-4 Video Standard
May 05, 2009

Welcome to this edition of Desktop Video News. In this issue, we'll be talking about the popular MPEG-4 video format and how to introduce a 'superimpose' video effect into your videos.


Term Of The Week

MPEG-4 - MPEG-4 is a newer MPEG standard that offers improved quality over MPEG-2 and can be used for various media like the Internet and broadcast.

MPEG-4 has become quite popular recently, having been adopted into a number of company products. These include the PlayStation Portable, iPod, Mac OS X v10.4 and also HD DVD and Blu-ray discs. MPEG-4 supports both progressive scan and interlaced video.

Where does the term 'MPEG' come from? Well, the ISO/IEC (International Organization for Standardization and the International Electrotechnical Commission) have an existing group called the Moving Pictures Experts Group or MPEG. The MPEG compression formats MPEG-1, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 are extremely well known in the video editing community.


Tip Of The Week

A superimpose video effect is tricky to execute, but is most effective if masterfully done. Scenes that are too busy won't work well with a superimpose, but montages or transitions from one scene are good candidates for this effect.

Some video editing tools don't have a superimpose effect, but might have similar ones like 'Cross Dissolve' or 'Overlap Video' transitions effects.


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