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Copwriter
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      02-13-2004, 06:25 AM
I have a few *.mpg files created in Adode Premiere 6.5 with a Matrox Rx.10
capture card (originals were on VHS tape). Several folks that I iave sent
these to have complained that they can't play them. In at least one case,
downloading Windows Media Player 9 didn't help. How can I ascertain what
codecs are needed to play the files I am distributing, and what is the best
way to obtain and package these codecs when I distribute the files? I
usually distribute on CD-Rs, so I could burn the codec files onto the same
disk - if I knew what files to burn.


 
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      02-13-2004, 03:45 PM
On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 22:25:24 -0800, "Copwriter"
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>I have a few *.mpg files created in Adode Premiere 6.5 with a Matrox Rx.10
>capture card (originals were on VHS tape). Several folks that I iave sent
>these to have complained that they can't play them.


Then they are mpeg 2, as mpeg 1 is supported by default. What they
need is installing some DirectShow filters for decoding mpeg 2. There
are the Fraunhofer ones, which are freeware.
 
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Lawrence Lin
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      02-13-2004, 05:17 PM
On Thu, 12 Feb 2004, Copwriter wrote:

> downloading Windows Media Player 9 didn't help. How can I ascertain what
> codecs are needed to play the files I am distributing, and what is the best
> way to obtain and package these codecs when I distribute the files? I


Use Gspot[1] to figure out the codec, though it's mostly for working in the
AVI file container.

MPEG-1 is supported just about everywhere, you might have encoded to MPEG-2
which requires an additional codec. If you know your users have WM Player 9
then encode with the WM codecs.

I though someone had put together a codec page with explanations and
downloads, or that may have just been a good idea.

[1]: http://gspot.headbands.com/

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