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More codec trouble
show user profile  soontekk
Argh, after the h264 bailed on me i reverted back to my old mpg love and guess what, the mpg quality is really dodgy and chunky even if i go all the way with quality, vbr and passes.

I have a feeling some program has overwritten some codecs but have no further clue :s

I used this (great) tool to check if i had broken codecs but they are all fine :s

Did anyone ever experience this ?

melting ur brainz!
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4/29/2008 4:18:21 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 4:18:21 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
i usually like WMV's, but am liking MP4's at the mo. All my conversion is done in this cheapy proggy -
best thing i ever used.

sorry if i didnt help :(


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4/29/2008 4:22:45 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 4:22:45 AM)
show user profile  soontekk
i know xilisoft, think i used it sometime

the strange part is, nomatter how high i boost the mpeg quality in adobe premiere pro (mainconcept mpeg exporter) the movie still remains like 20-40mb where it should be at least 150 or more

melting ur brainz!
/ FOS4 / FO2 / Blurb / Twitter / Facebook / Vimeo /

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4/29/2008 4:37:15 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 4:37:15 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
What does it encode mp4's with strat? Does it just have its own h.264 codec?

It looks interesting if its decent, sorenson squeeze is not cheap.

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
twitter <-- I work here

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4/29/2008 4:41:55 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 4:41:55 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
si, has a few mp4 codecs. (including h.264). i prefer the mpeg4 codec. fully controllable in an easy to understand manner. has about 50 different video conversion types.

these are a couple of small anims i recently made for some vray testing -
(right-click-save-as might be better)

both are about 150 mb uncompressed, and sized down nicely to under 5 mb in xilisoft as mp4's.


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4/29/2008 4:47:10 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 4:54:34 AM)
show user profile  donvella
Throughout Uni we have been informed to render to Quicktime using sorensen 3. this creates very high quality and low file size. We all know quicktime sucks, by this time most people have kazaa-lite codec pack installed anyway which includes all the juicy codecs for windows media player (classic or not).
Excellent pack and excellent quality for 3D animations and the like.

Hope this helps.

BTW - 3DWorld Magazine had an April addition of the 100 best independent animations of all time and nearly all of them use quicktime sorensen3.

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4/29/2008 4:53:45 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 4:55:13 AM)
show user profile  MrPumpernickel
Installing "packs" of codecs oftentimes just installs more codecs than you're ever going to need, it can also create problems because two or more codecs can overlap and try to decode the same video and thus cause conflict. This can especially be hell if you're not only watching videos but actually encoding them as well.

Install the codecs you need instead of swamping your system with unneeded crap.

Only thing worth installing is the ffdshow decoder which handles a shitload of formats and codecs, but are fully customizeable as to which you want to use and not. Entirely non-intrusive but entirely useful.

YouTube Channel

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4/29/2008 6:06:10 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 6:06:10 AM)
show user profile  reeves1984
Quicktime doesn't suck, and sorenson 3 is good, but its old and an mpeg4 codec, AVC / h.264 is much better.

Simon Reeves - VFX Artist & Blog
twitter <-- I work here

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4/29/2008 6:09:09 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 6:09:09 AM)
show user profile  killerbee2
I use flashvideo nowadays, no hussle with codecs whatsoever.

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4/29/2008 6:48:37 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 6:48:37 AM)
show user profile  ulisei
what you think about a poll for "standard maxforums video codec"
wich we all could use for presenting our files without settings- or compatibility-problems?

(just an idea)

greetings, U.

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4/29/2008 7:06:34 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 7:06:34 AM)
show user profile  MrPumpernickel
Why not just use youtube? No troubles.

YouTube Channel

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4/29/2008 8:09:41 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 8:09:41 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
cos it's shit :P


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4/29/2008 8:23:03 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 8:23:03 AM)
show user profile  MrPumpernickel
Easy and with decent quality. Of course, it you want larger videos that's a chapter in itself, but let's be honest here, how often are large animations that would warrant much more than youtube showcased here anyway? :P

YouTube Channel

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4/29/2008 8:52:22 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 8:52:22 AM)
show user profile  STRAT
depends what line of business you're in i suppose. all the time for me. ;)


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4/29/2008 8:55:40 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 8:55:40 AM)
show user profile  MrPumpernickel
I honestly cannot remember the last time you posted an animation on maxforums.

For much other usage youtube is obviously rather useless, but for maxforums I think it's quite alright, especially so if you're worried about compability issues.

Then again, if you're worried about that you could just link VLC Player and everything will be solved without having to install more codecs.

YouTube Channel

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4/29/2008 10:45:24 AM (last edit: 4/29/2008 10:45:24 AM)
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