H264 or MPEG4 for Surveillance Applications?

I was looking in on the Surveillance Technology Group on LinkedIn and found this interesting discussion:

Frank Miko, Cheatham & Associates:

What are your thoughts on H264 as compared to MPEG4 or other compression formats?

Responses:

Craig Waltzer, Aventura Holdings

My company utilizes the H.264 algorithm because it utilizes significantly less bandwidth (better transport) and smaller file sizes (more storage capacity) than MPEG-4. … The picture quality comparison between MPEG-4 and H.264 is not distinguishable by the naked eye. … H.264 video can not effectively be played in reverse.

What’s your take, which compression do you prefer?  Have you uncovered a good way to add storage to your surveillance system, so storage capacity is irrelevant? Take the poll.

[polldaddy poll=1300650]

H264 compression is growing fast on the consumer side, and looks to replace the MPEG-4 encoding in the next couple of years.  More importantly, the upgrades in general purpose operating systems (Windows, OSX, Linux) and computer hardware will allow our computers to take advantage of the CPU power in the graphics cards, and offload this processing from the standard CPU.  Look for these features to trickle down into DVR systems soon, and eliminate the compatibility issues between H264 cameras and DVR systems.  With the growth in newer IP technologies overseas, we in the US don’t want to be left in the dust with low resolution digital video or analog CCTV systems.

Chime in on the comments, or join the linked in discussion.

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