What is the common AVI Codec?

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by CJ, Nov 11, 2003.

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    CJ Guest

    This may sound silly,
    but I have been using both Indeo and Divx to encode my videos.
    I like both of them, but if I put the video on a CD I have to also
    include the codec and explain to the end user that he needs to install
    the codec before running the video.

    In other words are there any "good" codecs that media player could at
    least automatically download?
    (it doesn't know what to do with Divx and Indeo). Media player 9 takes
    a stab and then reports it cant find the divx codec!! (what a lark),
    that is the most standard codec out there.

    Any suggestions?

    CJ, Nov 11, 2003
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  2. Encode it to MPEG-1 with TMPGEnc.

    Everybody since Noah can decode it :)

    Simon Walters, Nov 11, 2003
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  3. Sorensen probably as it's cross-platform


    Martin Heffels, Nov 11, 2003
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    Pete D Guest

    Even before Noah I think.
    Pete D, Nov 12, 2003
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    Dan Maas Guest

    #1- MPEG-1 will play out of the box on basically any platform.

    #2- Quicktime (Sorenson 3 or MPEG-4 codecs) will play on Macs out of
    the box, and PCs with a simple installation of Quicktime. Other
    platforms are out of luck.

    If you are OK with requiring Media Player 9 (i.e. Windows only,
    perhaps Mac), then use the Windows Media Video 9 codec.

    I don't recommend DiVX since there are so many incompatible versions
    of it floating around. It's a very efficient codec, but the
    installation issues are a show-stopper. Similarly, I haven't seen any
    true inter-operability between MPEG-4 systems yet.

    Dan Maas, Nov 13, 2003
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    CJ Guest

    I use xing to encode to mpg,
    and am then able to really get the file size down.
    that is the best way to email it to my compadre's.
    yet the quality is not worthy of saving my precious memories.

    I really like the quality of divx best.
    I wish Microsoft would just support it.
    (Maybe I'll send them an email) :)
    That will really rock their boat!
    You don't suspect they are just out to support their own unworkable wmv stuff?

    CJ, Nov 13, 2003
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    Pat Guest

    Hi Dan,

    How is the new DV Codec that comes with DirectX 9? Previously, Microsoft has
    gotten low marks for their default Codec, in comparison to MainConcept,
    Canopus, Matrox, and Panasonic.
    Pat, Nov 13, 2003
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    CJ Guest

    I really like MPEG-1 for it's versatality, yet I feel that this is
    good for downloading only, the quality isn't as good as divx or indeo.
    not good for preserving memories.
    quicktime doesn't seem to have the compression/quality ratio that the
    AVI formats do, and I can't seem to code them back into AVI's or other
    formats if I have to. (I want to have a standard that I can work with
    and get out of someday if the standard fails me).
    NEVER... WMV is a good codec, but then you are stuck with windows
    media player and you can never get it into another format. They just
    got too greedy this time. (Also it doesn't work with premier).
    No installation problems on my end. truly the best compression/quality
    that I have seen so far.
    The new beta version is pretty cool too.

    you are correct about the compatibility. no one can play it unless
    they download that monster 5 meg bundle (Player included). as far as I
    know they don't have a small codec just for those that want to use the
    player already installed on thier system.
    I am surprised that some open source consortium hasn't taken this to
    task yet.
    I guess they would find themselves up against Microsoft.
    CJ, Nov 14, 2003
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    Johan Stäck Guest

    If you want to be reasonably sure that a given Windows PC can play an
    AVI file you should use Cinepak.
    It seems to be included in every Windows version from way back up to the
    present time.

    You could however chose another file format such as MPEG-1 and this
    would probably also play on most PC:s.

    But since the original question was about AVI codecs, you best bet would
    be Cinepak.

    /Johan S
    Johan Stäck, Nov 15, 2003
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    Bariloche Guest

    I believe (not that I am a 100% sure) some Intel Indeo codec has also
    been included always, and this one provides much better quality. Don't
    know which version of Indeo, though. One would have to ask someone
    with a "virgin" installation of Win95.
    Bariloche, Nov 16, 2003
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    Samuel Paik Guest

    I believe that Windows XP does not include an Indeo codec.
    Samuel Paik, Nov 16, 2003
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    Dick Sidbury Guest

    My XP Pro has one. I don't know if it come standard or not but it's there.

    Dick Sidbury, Nov 16, 2003
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    Adam Guest

    Microsoft Video 1 is common, although to be honest why not download
    the the free Divx codec and use that? It's better quality and more
    Adam, Nov 18, 2003
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    CJ Guest

    I found that indeo is standard on xp-pro.
    would anyone happen to know if divx has a scaled down driver for those
    that just want to watch a video?
    it seems that they insist that you install "the bundle" the player the
    encoder etc.
    I would like to just have a small decoder to point people to, so that
    others can play my vids.

    CJ, Nov 19, 2003
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