[Matplotlib-devel] switch default to h264

Chris Barker chris.barker at noaa.gov
Fri Aug 12 18:01:02 EDT 2016

Animation codecs are a nightmare.

There is STILL no one codec / container that will "just work" everywhere.

but H.264 is as close as it gets, so I say go for it.


PS: I really wish there were a standard well supported codec well suited to
computer-drawn animations -- ideally lossless. i.e. like PNG, rather than
like JPEG. But what can you do?

On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 2:06 PM, Eric Firing <efiring at hawaii.edu> wrote:

> Ryan,
> Is there any reason not to switch the animation.codec default to 'h264'?
> I can make a PR to do this for 2.0 if you approve.  (This is motivated by
> my thrashing around yesterday trying to get an animation to work on Linux
> and Mac.  There were a variety of problems, but my impression is that using
> h264 was one of the keys to success.)
> Eric
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