[FFmpeg-user] mov [ProRes/pcm_s24le] -> mp4 same quality

HallMarc Websites marc at hallmarcwebsites.com
Thu Nov 17 14:43:58 CET 2011

> [Carl said:]
> >> mp4 does not support pcm audio (mov does).
> >
> > Um I beg to differ. I have an mp4 container with pcm-s24be and it
> > plays beautifully. However, it was done with a piece of software for
> Windows.
> > While it uses ffmpeg and almost all of the codecs; I have no way of
> > seeing what and how it is going about this.
> > So, I know it can be done. The question is how.
> Both of you are right, and the answer is "by lying."  There are no
official MP4
> ids identifying PCM audio, so you have to make one up.
> Probably the MOV ids work.  Probably.  The disadvantage of using
> ids is that you have *NO* guarantee that anything else will read your
> > Stop asking me for the file. I cannot give it to you. It is a
> > commercial and is copyright protected. Not a fan of getting sued. It
> > is the only one I have where ProRes was used in the post.
> Without a clip that provokes the problem you are seeing, there's pretty
> nothing anyone else can do other than take wild guesses.  Unless you are
> prepared to go through and debug the source yourself -- not an experience
> for the faint of heart! -- there simply isn't enough information to work
> --
I understand about the need of the file. Sorry, I can't provide it. I'm not
looking for absolute answers; if I were, I would have one of you sign a NDA
and hire you to write the correct command line(s). What I hope for is a
general idea as to how something might be done or why it might have failed.
i.e. I have read many references to the supposed necessity to compile ffmpeg
with certain flags enabled in order to use the ProRes codec. I have also
read where this isn't necessary anymore. Seems awfully fast for a codec I
could swear ffmpeg only recently started including in the stable
releases(?). So when I posted the output and the sample command lines I used
I expected someone to spot a glaring mistake. Didn't happen. 
Such is life. As far as not being playable here or there. Not my concern
here as the ONLY place this file will be played is from a web page and that
through an older version of Floatbox. It plays it happily. I know, I know,
"You have a way of making the file you want why don't you just use that and
be done with it?" Because, it is done from my PC with a 3rd party piece of
software called SUPER (c) which is in the same genre as Handbrake, etc. and
I need my server side ffmpeg to do this. 

Not faint of heart here, I started myself in web development 10 years ago. I
am completely self-taught and because of the nature of this beast, still
learning. If I need to get down to the source code and figure it out, I

Can you provide a sample command line that would do what you are thinking
concerning the mov IDs?

Next, what is the best way to view the errors? Is the error I see in the
output, is that it?

I asked this before, please recommend some reading material/books that I can
use to learn about ffmpeg. 

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