PUBLISHED: 08/07/2015

MPEG (Moving Pictures Experts Group) refers to an international group of authorities that establishes global standards for audio and video distribution and compression. MPEG is also the general term given to the collection of standards that apply to the coding of video data in a digital compressed format. MPEG video formats consist of the following:

  • MPEG-1 — The original MPEG compression standard for audio and video, MPEG-1 features a somewhat limited bit range. MPEG-1 is commonly used for video CD and low-quality DVD video.
  • MPEG-2 — This MPEG video format offers greater power and flexibility than MPEG-1. This format is typically used in DVD and digital satellite television applications.
  • MPEG-4 — MPEG-4 features advanced coding tools that enables it to achieve higher compression factors than MPEG-2. MPEG-4 is capable of delivering MPEG-2 quality, but with smaller file sizes and lower data rates. MPEG-4 can also support various media types, as well as 3D objects and even text.

MPEG-4 is the standard that is used in most of today’s video distribution applications and features H.264 video compression technology. H.264 (also known as MPEG-4 Part 10) is what enables MPEG-4 to match MPEG-2 quality, but at half the data rate.

Key MPEG Benefits

MPEG combines high quality video with a smaller file size. It’s compatible with a wide range of basic, inexpensive decoders, while also offering the flexibility to create new encoder concepts. In terms of MPEG-4, users have the ability to deliver independent video distribution over both IP-based and traditional MPEG-2 streaming networks. MPEG-4 can also facilitate delivery over the Internet, PCs or other MPEG-2-based satellite and cable networks.

Z-Band MPEG Video Distribution Options

Z-Band MPEG video distribution system options include:

Contact Z-Band today to learn more about how MPEG video distribution can benefit your business. We serve industries such as HealthcareHospitalityGovernment and MilitaryEducationCorporate, and International. Free product demos are also available.