In this article, I am going to cover one of the most common questions in the multimedia field: what is a standard and what does it cover? Once you have read this article, you will notice how often people, even the most influential ones, use some approximate wordings. Confusion leads to a lot of misunderstanding, so it’s good to review the subject.
A recurrent misinterpretation is about open-source software and open standards. In this article, I will take the AVC/H264 codec as an example.
Beside the coverage of a standard, I’d like to explain how standards link one to the other. I will use the examples of MPEG-DASH and the ISOBMF/MP4 container.
Then I will show what the MPEG-DASH standard is really about.