Looming on the horizon
This is likely at least 3-4 years away, but h.264 is on its way out, now that h.265 (HEVC) has been adopted by more and more people. Just as XviD was dropped by most in 2012, the same fate is inevitable for h.264 within a few years.
There are two key issues that keep h.265 off PowerPC:
1. Playback - there are currently no available playback applications capable of playing the h.265 codec that would work on Mac OS PowerPC. VLC started supporting it in version 2.1.12, but this is irrelevant, since most h.265 is 2160p, and out of the range of even a quad G5. There is some 720p h.265 floating around that a quad could likely play if there was a playback option.
2. Encoding - and this is the bigger need, as there are also no Mac OS PowerPC encoding software capable of reading h.265 to transcode it to something else. Since most PowerPC hardware wouldn't be able to play most h.265 anyway, the best need to fill for us is to get an encoding app on PowerPC that can transcode h.265 to h.264 or XviD/DivX.
So we need a Mac developer to port a newer version of Handbrake (or any other equally capable encoder) to Tiger and Leopard PowerPC.
There is no point in wasting time on a player, as I already mentioned, since 90% of these files will not play on even a quad G5.
Even a Linux solution would work, but one for Mac OS would be a much broader brush stroke.
I wanted to bring this up long before it became a dire need.
Published on Monday, May 23, 2016