Originally posted by Brad Pixlet for a Movie Store?
No, Pixlet is "simply" a codec for high-end video professionals who are dealing with mammoth-sized files that are so incredibly large that they can't be dealt with in real-time. How big? 75MB/sec big? That's what Apple is saying.
I said I didn't know if it would work or not. Or if it even makes sense.
But look at Apple's site
"Pixlet is the first studio-grade codec for filmmakers. Pixlet provides 20-25:1 compression, allowing a 75MB/sec series of frames to be delivered in a 3MB/sec movie, similar to DV data rates. Or a series of frames that are over 6GB in size can be contained within a 250MB movie. Pixlet lets high-end digital film frames play in real time with any Panther Mac, without investing in costly, proprietary playback hardware."
Correct me if I'm wrong, but they are saying that they can get 6GB of movie down to 250MB. But that seems a lot like bringing a DVD worth of video down to 250 MB to me. 250 MB would be manageable I think for a movie that was DVD quality. Of course this is assuming that the compression ratios that Apple claims for Pixlet would work if you encoded a MPEG2 stream, such as DVD video, would remain consistent. I am not sure they would, or if it would even make sense to do this.
But at the very least, I could see how the technology they are using in Pixlet could become a platform for a more consumer oriented CODEC for delivering movies on-line.
But there may be several reasons why this is totally ludicrous. It's just an interesting idea is all.