[MPlayer-users] encoding mpegs for windows users

Karl Ewald karl.ewald at ixos.de
Mon Aug 4 23:54:59 CEST 2003

Hi Chris,

I found that by choosing vcodec=msmpeg4v2 and mp3 audio, the resulting AVI
will play with WMP out of the box on NT4 through winxp, using just the
codecs supplied with the OS. 
I assume this will also be true for the "home" track of Windows 98/98SE/Me.
This makes it easier for technically less adept users who would need some
assistance to get additional codecs installed.

Alternatively, the Windows user could install VLC (www.videolan.org) which
works stand-alone without using the installed codecs and A/V infrastructure
provided by the OS, so it should also be immune to the XP bug mentioned


-----Original Message-----
From: Chris Phillips [mailto:xhrisphillips at yahoo.com.au]
Sent: Montag, 4. August 2003 08:36
To: mplayer-users at mplayerhq.hu
Subject: [MPlayer-users] encoding mpegs for windows users

[Automatic answer: RTFM (read DOCS, FAQ), also read DOCS/bugreports.html]

I occasionally send friends etc some small videos made
on my digital camera. The camera used some form of
mpeg (mpeg2, mpeg1?) which makes huge files, so I used
mencoder to reduce the bit rate to about 250 kbps
using the lacv mpeg4 coded.

However a lot of times windows users claim windows
media player won't play the .avi files produced (I
have no problems with playing them under XP, or with
mplayer naturally). Using the msmpeg4 option helps
sometimes but not always.

Can anyone suggest:
  - A better way of using mencoder to make a more 
    windows friendly format
  - Better video player for windows which I can 
    suggest they install.


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