Codec playing problems - how to change codec?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by fingal, Dec 24, 2003.

  1. fingal

    fingal Guest

    I Created a lot of mpeg-2 files of old videotapes using Sonic Showbiz. To
    play on another PC with WMP, I had to install Showbiz (problem #1). On
    second PC, I uninstalled Showbiz and the mpeg-2s would not play as expected
    (could not find codec). I went into control panel, etc and I wrote down the
    video codecs loaded, re-installed Showbiz, and looked at the video codecs
    and they were the same (mpeg-2 now played of course).

    So now I have a lot of mpg-2s that I would like to share with others that
    will not have Showbiz, how do I do that? Now I am using Studio 8 as well as
    tmpgenc to shrink some files. How do I force a program to create an mpeg and
    use a codec that everyone can use? I'd like to have files that do not rely
    on Showbiz.


    Win XP, WMP 9 all latest updates.
    fingal, Dec 24, 2003
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  2. fingal

    ctrl-z Guest

    I Created a lot of mpeg-2 files of old videotapes using Sonic Showbiz. To

    Not unless these were some kind of non-standard mpegs. At most, WMP
    should simply automatically download the needed codec. Anyway, you can
    always render to mpeg1 which will work even on older PCs.

    Or make (S)VCDs which you can play in most DVD players as well as
    newer computers..
    ctrl-z, Dec 24, 2003
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  3. fingal

    codecpage Guest

    MPEG2 is not free and is not part of Windows. To play it, some codec
    or DVD player program always has to be installed.
    To play it on any PC without extra software, use MPEG1.
    codecpage, Dec 24, 2003
  4. fingal

    fingal Guest

    Update: I decided to uninstall Showbiz and try installing a non-MS player.
    While un-installing Showbiz, I also took out a decrypter and another player
    (list of video codecs did not change). I rebooted and just for kicks tried
    them and every single one works so far without Showbiz installed. Hmmm.
    Thanks for the replies
    fingal, Dec 24, 2003
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