G.726 audio codec (what Panasonic PV-GS50 uses)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Dan Christensen, Oct 29, 2003.

  1. When recording a video clip to the memory card, my Panasonic PV-GS50
    stores the video using MPEG-4 and the audio using the G.726 codec.
    The MPEG-4 players that I've tried so far (Windows Media Player under
    XP and mplayer and xine under Linux) don't support the G.726 codec by
    default. The GS50 did come with a G.726 decoder for WMP which works,
    but this won't be of any use to friends and family who want to
    download and view my video clips. So my questions are:

    1) Is there a freely available G.726 decoder for Windows Media Player?
    Or is there some other freely available MPEG-4 player for Windows
    that supports G.726?

    2) How about a player for Linux?

    3) Are there tools I can use to convert MPEG-4 + G.726 to MPEG-4 + a
    more widely supported audio format? (Linux preferred, but Windows
    ok too.)

    Also, if I buy a firewire card and download clips in DV format, I
    assume that I'll have no trouble finding tools that convert DV to
    MPEG-4 + a widely support audio format, right? The audio codec
    used in DV is standardized, right?

    Thanks for any help. Replies to me or to the group are welcome.

    Dan

    PS: A meta-question: why would Panasonic choose an audio format that
    isn't widely supported?
     
    Dan Christensen, Oct 29, 2003
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  2. Any thoughts on the G.726 codec? Here's a test clip (footage of a TV
    show) with quiet sound. Maybe people can tell me if it works in their
    favorite player? You'll probably have to turn up the volume to tell.

    http://jdc.math.uwo.ca/tmp/video/MOL003.ASF

    Thanks,

    Dan
     
    Dan Christensen, Nov 2, 2003
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