[MEncoder-users] What are the differences between Xvid and libavcodec?
gabor at nekomancer.net
Mon Dec 19 09:59:28 CET 2005
Guillaume POIRIER wrote:
> On 12/19/05, Gábor Farkas <gabor at nekomancer.net> wrote:
>>Guillaume POIRIER wrote:
>>>On 12/19/05, list-catcher at hellburner.com <list-catcher at hellburner.com> wrote:
>>>>What are the differences between Xvid and libavcodec?
>>>>should I not use in order to have playability on windows players other
>>>You should either not use them at all if you wish your video to be
>>>playable by a vanilla install of windows, or install ffdshow
>>or tell them to download vlc.
> Hehe! I can sense a big hairy beast with yellow teeth.... ^^
btw. i really meant it. some weeks ago i spent some time on creating
files that are playable on every platform. at the beginning i thought
that .mp4 files with h264 video and aac audio should be playable on
win+mac using quicktime, and on linux using mplayer. but then i found
out that quicktime is terrible on this, and it mostly only plays mp4
files that are created using quicktime :)
so at the end i settled with h264+vorbis mkv (or h264+mp3 avi), and
simply tell everyone that they should get vlc to play them.
people can be divided into 2 groups:
1. the ones that can already play that video file. for them, no
instructions are necessary.
2. the ones that cannot play the file. for them, vlc is nice, because:
a. it's there on all the platforms for which i care (osx, linux,windows)
b. it's a GUI app, not a codec. so they install it and use it. it can
be confusing to explain to someone nontechnical user what a codec is.
(of course i use mplayer personally, but it would be quite hard to sell
it as an user-friendly application :)
ok, let the beasts come :)
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