[MPlayer-dev-eng] x86_64 and windows codecs

Nicolas George nicolas.george at ens.fr
Wed Jun 27 12:55:23 CEST 2007


Nowadays, 64 bits systems are becoming quite common, and it would be nice to
be able to easily play videos with proprietary codecs on those systems.

I see 4 solutions to do that:

- Using a 32 bits mplayer. Well, that works, of course, but it it not really
  convenient. As for me, I find it really inconvenient.

- Having free decoders. Well, of course, this is the best solution, and the
  situation have greatly improved since last year. I thank the people
  responsible very much. Unfortunately, the result is not yet perfect. For
  example, the TV show that I download daily is decoded quite poorly (the
  image is very rose; I can provide samples if this not a known issue).

- Using 64 bits windows DLLs. I have read that microsoft had finally
  released them, and I wonder if someone is working on it.

- Using a separate 32 bits process just for the decoding, with pipes (or
  shared memory).

This last solution seems to me especially interesting, because I think it is
in the range of my abilities. Do you think I should start hacking on it?


  Nicolas George
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