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Old 12th December 2013, 20:24   #1  |  Link
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NAL_HRD relationship to VBV

Hi all,

Our Telestream x264 GUI requires NAL_HRD to be enabled and set to VBR in order for us to set VBV. With NAL_HRD set to "Disabled", the option to set VBV numbers is disabled. Can anyone explain the relationship between VBV and NAL_HRD? More importantly, is there a dependency that requires NAL_HRD to be enabled in order to set VBV levels? It doesn't make sense to me so I feel I must be misunderstanding something.


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Well, I'm not the expert, but as far as I understand the HRD information is there to inform the decoder what vbv parameters were chosen by the encoder.

It's certainly possible to encode a stream using VBV without signaling NAL HRD or VCL HRD, but this may not work with all decoders. I think this is why Telestream inherently links the two options. I actually think this is a good idea, but again I'm not the expert.
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