Talk:ISO MPEG-4

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I think the entire conception of this page is confused.

MPEG-4 is a standards suite. It does include H.264. It also includes a whole bunch of crap supposedly related to video in Part 2; really, only a subset of this, ASP, is what we think of as a video codec. Unfortunately the naming wrt to this entire suite (and for that matter, most things MPEG-related) is horrible and confusing, but as currently written, this page is also confused.

In summary, the MPEG-4 suite now contains two completely different video codecs; some audio codec or another; a container format; a popcorn flavoring; a DRM scheme; and a partridge in a pear tree. Saying "MPEG-4" to refer to a type of video is easy, but wrong. IMO maybe we should have all along been using the (stupid, annoying) name "ASP" (Advanced Simple Profile), and this mess wouldn't have gotten as bad as it is. Then, we have Apple confusing the public even further by getting their container format named .mp4... --Snacky 19:28, 26 January 2006 (EST)