VDPAU: VC-1 or which card to buy

Rank Title Format
01 Pirates of the Caribbean – The Curse of the Black Pear MPEG-4/AVC
02 The Nightmare before Christmas – Collector’s Edition MPEG-4/AVC
03 Pirates of the Carribean – Trilogy MPEG-4/AVC
04 The Dark Knight – Collector’s Edition VC-1
05 The Dark Knight VC-1
06 Wall-E MPEG-4/AVC
07 The Dark Knight / Batman Begins VC-1
08 The Dark Knight ( UK Import ) VC-1
09 The Dark Knight ( 2 Disc Special Edition ) VC-1
10 James Bond 007 – Casino Royale (Deluxe Edition) MPEG-4/AVC
11 Ratatouille MPEG-4/AVC
12 Sleeping Beauty MPEG-4/AVC
13 Iron Man VC-1
14 Le cinquième élément (The 5th element) VC-1
15 Rendition VC-1
16 Band of Brothers VC-1
17 Cars MPEG-4/AVC
18 Walk the Line MPEG-4/AVC
19 Earth VC-1
20 Transformers – 2 Disc Special Edition (UK Import) MPEG-4/AVC
21 Pirates of the Caribbean – Dead Man’s Chest MPEG-4/AVC
22 The Mummy, The Mummy returns, The Mummy:Tomb of the Dragon Emperor VC-1
23 The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe MPEG-4/AVC
24 Spider-Man 1-3: The High-Definition Trilogy MPEG-4/AVC
25 Celine Dion – Live in Las Vegas – A New Day MPEG-4/AVC

Eleven titles of the top-25 list are VC-1 encoded, 14 titles are encoded in MPEG-4/AVC. To be honest, I didn’t expect such an almost even score.
As this is a snapshot, it’s more interesting where the future journey will go to. In order to answer this question, one has to look a bit closer at the history of these two formats.

First of all MPEG-4/AVC aka H.264 and VC-1 together with MPEG2 are all standard formats for HD DVD and Blu-Ray disks.

Read about VC-1, H.264 and the conclusion on the next page.