It is a high compression digital video codec standard whose capabilities are superior compared to older codecs.
Besides better quality, H.264 is more versatile and it suits a variety of applications and network environments.
H.264 was developed by the ITU-T Video Coding Experts Group in collaboration with the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group.
This collective project was called the Joint Video Team (JVT).
H.264 is still one of the most popular formats for recording, compressing and distributing video content, even if it’s more than 10 years old.
It is used especially as an encoding standard for Blu-ray discs and also for some Internet applications.
H.264 is also known as MPEG-4 Part 10.