H.264, how do I love thee?

H.264, MPEG-4’s advanced codec featured in the iPod, the Sony PSP, and both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD, as well as future broadcast video standards, has a lot of skeptics. Many say H.264 doesn’t have a lot to offer people when videos are compressed at the higher bitrates required for HD content (self-contradictory, as H.264 is accepted as the standard MPEG-4 codec for High Definition). To them I just want to say: This is your brain,

quality.png MPEG-4/AVC (H.264, 700kbps) - click for larger image

And this is your brain on drugs:

quality2.png DiVX 6.1.1 (DiVX MPEG-4, 700kbps) - click for larger image

Any questions?