It will begin by reviewing the MPEG-4 standard with a specific focus on the H.264 advanced video codec, which was developed by the Moving Pictures Experts Group and International Telecommunications Union (ITU). The codec is designed for a full range of applications including HDTV, 3G mobile multimedia, video conferencing and others. Potential strategies for a useful specification include the transport of MPEG-4 in 'native' form over 1394, or extension of the IEC 61883-4 standard that specifies MPEG-2 encapsulation for 1394.
Shipments of digital TVs, mobile handsets, DVD players/recorders and other products equipped with MPEG-4 video capabilities have been increasing steadily since 2002, and growth is expected to continue. Delivering MPEG-4 video over IEEE 1394 would extend the popular audio-video standard, which is now included in hundreds of models of digital TVs, DVD recorders, set top boxes, PCs, camcorders, hard disk drives, and other products. 1394-equipped products are branded as FireWire, i.LINK, or DTV Link.