I’ve never been a very big video codec fan or writer, but this week I was impressed with recent news that wasn’t based on anything I actually wrote. This video codec I discuss today is H.264 H.264 (.mp4) (.mp4H.264).


How do I download it?
I’ve used both the apps that stream and playback H.264 from a distance — each about 6-7 years apart. But I typically stream the most used media on the Apple Music app, iTunes, Google Play, etc. They are all in different file sizes, have different codecs, and have different encoded bits.


Not all portable storage is included. I chose to use a 1 terabyte Seagate 5TB Green Tunnel external hard drive because I wanted to have full screen video. Luckily, my NAS, Inspiron 3450h, can record and playback it on any other hard drive that has the Green Tunnel key on it. I’m using a RAID 0 configuration with 2x drives to keep the transfer limited to HD video files on my new SSD.


I use the onboard video card to play back the H.264 video to the drive that it is connected to — it’s a Blu-ray DVD ROM, so I don’t need a ton of video support when I want to play H.264 media and it’s a video codec that I really like. I’m using the Haipio BD-SR on a Toshiba Instax Mini Juggler.


How do I stream H.264 video?
If you are running a netbook with Mac OS X 10.6.9 or later, you can burn it to a USB flash drive. There are several different options, but I prefer to use those that not only burn to USB but have full-screen streaming capabilities:
Programs available for MMS that support the H.264 codec can be found here: https://w3rv.sys/HL_D/ConfF/MMSInterface.html.
I have found many good programs for adding the H.264 version to the 4-24 GB Toshiba Blu-ray drive I own. I went on a Torrentz page to find programs that link to the file but no direct downloads for the other devices I keep connected to my drive. So, I’m using three separate websites to find the file and that’s best.


H.264 provides excellent format support with a utility that supports the H.264 codec in every Windows-based system on the planet. If you don’t have a Blu-ray DVD or digital television, try downloading the app for your Toshiba Blu-ray drive. It’s one of the best libraries I’ve used for codec support. I love that streaming and playback is only possible via USB flash drives. H.264 is not the best codec, but I found it by asking and by spending some time.
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