ATI MPEG-2 codec

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by junk12, Nov 22, 2003.

  1. junk12

    junk12 Guest

    I'm using an ATI AIW9000 to capture video, storing it as MPEG-2
    720x480. I have found that by using the capture software from ATI
    that came with the card, rather than Studio 8, I get better quality
    video and less frames dropped.

    But when I take the resulting MPEG-2 file, I cannot play it on another
    computer in Windows Media Player - no codec available.

    So a few questions result - what MPEG-2 codec does ATI use? How do I
    swap it out for a better one, or at least one that generates files
    compatible with other computers for viewing with Windows Media Player?
    I am computer literate, but relatively new to this, and really have
    no desire to become an expert user - I will rely on your collective
    sage advice. Please advise.

    Thanks in advance,

    junk12, Nov 22, 2003
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  2. Yes, this is because thempeg-2 format is a royalty codec that most
    people have to pay to use. If the target user has winDVD, or PowerDVD,
    or some other DVD type player, it might play because a mpeg2 codec is
    install on their computer if they have installed those programs. But,
    again, these are NOT free solutions for people, they have to go out a
    purchase it. You can't reach the widest audience by requiring that they
    go out an purchase software to view your content.
    mpeg-2 is a standard format. And contrary to believe, Microsoft didn't
    invent mpeg-2.. if your target is WMP, why don't you use the windows
    media format, wmv?
    Then you picked the wrong subject to learn. I suggest that you go back
    to learning something a little more simpler such as quantum mechanics,
    or jet propulsion..

    ... sorry.. couldn't resist that one..

    Richard Ragon, Nov 22, 2003
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