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Codec Advice

Discussion in 'Other video questions' started by Wendigo, Apr 24, 2005.

  1. Wendigo

    Wendigo Member

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    Well here it is, I recently Formated a new HD and im kinda miffed at what codecs I should install. On my last HD I had many codecs including Divx&Xvid and even though I had those codecs up to date those type of movies still wouldnt play.
    So instead of just dl every codec I come across I humbly request your help.

    Just a side note im running windows 98 *I know upgrade* im not sure if codecs will have trouble running on this os or not. Also im sorry if this kind of post is kinda repetitive.
     
  2. Wendigo

    Wendigo Member

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    One other thing I did read the sticky at the top and am willing to follow the guid but the reason i havent as of yet is because the guid is kinda old, should I follow the guid still?
     
  3. TPFKAS

    TPFKAS Regular member

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    It is not good practice to just download and install every codec that you come across on this planet.
    Try to play the movie with the MediaPlayer. If it does not play, it will automatically connect to the Internet and try to locate the required codec. There are also several free analysis tools with which you can check which codec is used in a given movie, so you know which one to look for.
    There are a couple of them here:
    http://www.digitalvideoclub.com/downloads/freedownloads.php
     
  4. Wendigo

    Wendigo Member

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    Thx for the advice and link, im wondering if its a codec issue at all, a notice a huge perfomance drop if a raise my resolution. Is it possible that its my crappy pc.
     
  5. Minion

    Minion Senior member

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    You can Get away with ouly installing One Codec for Watching movies on your PC and that is the "FFDShow Decoder" which can decode allmost every Format there is includeing all Mpeg-4/DivX/XviD Formats and Mpeg-1/2 and Dolby AC3 audio ect...It sure beats haveing to install a New Codec for every different Video and Audio Format which can cause more Problems than it solves....
     
  6. shiroh

    shiroh Guest

    ffdshow is all you need
    http://ffdshow.sourceforge.net/tikiwiki/tiki-index.php?page=Getting+ffdshow

    but you might want to install xvid. if you want to convert to dvd. or encode to xvid.

    if you ever encounter with realvideo get real alternative.

    media player classic is the one best player around if not the best.
    its got some audio filter build in. aac/ac3 etc. and built in splitters.
    mkv/ dirac (don't worry if you don't know what this is)
     
  7. Wendigo

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    Well I installed ffdshow and now when I open the file realplayer gives me this error.

    REALPLAY executed an invalid instruction in
    module FFDSHOW.AX at 017f:02dafb49.
    Registers:
    EAX=0393fc9c CS=017f EIP=02dafb49 EFLGS=00210202
    EBX=0261270c SS=0187 ESP=0393fbd0 EBP=0393fc64
    ECX=00d0a7b0 DS=0187 ESI=00d0ea30 FS=1207
    EDX=00d0aa10 ES=0187 EDI=02e329e0 GS=0000
    Bytes at CS:EIP:
    f3 0f 10 45 18 d9 45 18 dc 1d 60 e7 e1 02 df e0
    Stack dump:
    bff7a3a0 00be0000 02845e60 002191a4 00000000 00be000c 00be0000 0282ce0c 00000000 00000000 8184c428 00be000c c169b760 0393fc28 bff7a10e bff7a567

    and when I open it in Divx it plays the file but in sort of slow motion.
     
  8. shiroh

    shiroh Guest

    ffdshow doesn't support realvideo.
    so you might want real alternative. you don't have to install real player.

    take a look at the video decoder configuration.
    its support most things, but not everything.
     
  9. celtic_d

    celtic_d Regular member

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    Actually ffdshow supports RV10 and RV20 decoding. However I don't think that they were talking about real media files, just using real player.

    What build of ffdshow? Perhaps try a different one.
     
  10. shiroh

    shiroh Guest

    ah, you're right.
    its just disabled.
    didn't know how i missed that.

    i've no experience with real player.
     

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