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There is a lot of whining going on by some self appointed gurus who complain that because H.264 is a readily adopted standard, that it's the only bet for security applications and nothing else should be considered.
Here we consider whether or not this is the case. Let's take a look at some of the facts...
Wikipedia states (wiki - "H.264/MPEG-4 AVC") "Because H.264 encoding and decoding requires significant computing power, software implementation that run on a general-purpose CPU are typically slow, especially when dealing with HD video content."
The high cost to decode H264 for viewing is certainly no secret. In fact the introduction of H.264 has created an unprecedented demand for H.264 accelerators (e.g. NVIDIA PureVideo), as graphics processing units (GPUs) could not handle the increased complexity of H.264 Since 2009 computer manufacturers such as Apple have seen the need to introduce PC's with hardware acceleration for H.264 video playback.