How to insure correct codecs

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Copwriter, Feb 13, 2004.

  1. Copwriter

    Copwriter Guest

    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.
     
    Copwriter, Feb 13, 2004
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    Bariloche Guest

    On Thu, 12 Feb 2004 22:25:24 -0800, "Copwriter"
    <> wrote:

    >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.
     
    Bariloche, Feb 13, 2004
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    Lawrence Lin Guest

    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/

    --
    http://www.noderunner.net/~llin/
     
    Lawrence Lin, Feb 13, 2004
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