[MPlayer-users] webcam codecs

D Richard Felker III dalias at aerifal.cx
Wed Mar 2 21:00:51 CET 2005

Please do not top-post!!

On Wed, Mar 02, 2005 at 02:28:06PM -0500, jklaas wrote:
> Oh, I've got plenty of hardware to play with.  This was just a question to
> determine if this would be another way to get proprietary hardware to work
> with open source.
> As far as buying proper pieces of hardware to work with, it is often
> impossible to determine the type of hardware you are getting.  Even with
> the so-called "higher-end" webcams.  Often you're lucky that the hardware
> specs from past hardware from the same manufacturer and the same model
> number matches over the course of manufacture.  So, I would have to say
> that your comment about buying "proper" hardware is counterproductive.

Well sorry, but that's the way it goes. Buying hardware requires
research and a willingness to return defective items and complain
about their incompatibility. Proprietary manufacturers make things
hard for free software users, and you have to fight back, not take
their shit..

> Is there documentation on how to incorporate windows codecs in?  It is
> not apparent to me where I would look in the code to get this to happen.

Yes it's in the FAQ and/or main DOCS (I forget which) for how to add a
new binary codec to codecs.conf. But like I said before it will only
work if the codec is a proper vfw or dshow codec module.

> I apologize if you feel like this is a waste of your time.  Thank you for
> any direction you can give.

The only part that's a waste of our time is your not listening to what
I already said and not RTFM'ing. :)

I don't mind helping, even though personally I don't encourage the use
of proprietary binary codecs, but I would like you to make some
efforts on yourself to use the information you're given.


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