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Component Video

General Information
The Component Video codec (also referred to as the "YUV" codec) was introduced in QuickTime 1.6. It compresses at a ratio of 2:1, and is best suited to archival or interim storage of digitized video.
Architectures Supported
Pros, Cons & Tips
  • Asking QuickTime to record in Component Video bypasses a couple of steps during digitization, and this can improve the capture frame rate on some digitizing hardware.

  • Due to its compression ratio of 2:1, the Component Video codec will require substantial disk space to store captured video.

Ideal source material Video
Supported bit depths 24-bit color
Compression time Symmetrical (approx. 1:1)
Temporal compression? No
Special features -
Encoder requirements Any MacOS or Windows
Decoder requirements Any MacOS or Windows
Encoder availability Built into QT
Decoder availability Built into QT
Manufacturer Apple

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