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Old 12-09-2010, 01:41 AM   #1
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Default What is the best codec to use for playing back in Windows Media Player

Can anyone tell me what is the best and most reliable codec to use for exporting to file for eventual playback in Windows Media Player?
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Old 12-09-2010, 02:12 AM   #2
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If you don't mind to loose the bells & whistle's, use VLC media player, it's free and virtually the best out there :)
It will play anything, full screen or scaled, extremely smooth.

Give it a try at http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
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Thanks for you reply. I have a client that only has windows media player on her computer. She's not computer savy so I don't want to have to tell her to download WLC. I'm looking for an export to file setting that works well with Windows Media Player.
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Old 12-09-2010, 03:29 AM   #4
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VLC media player.... will play anything, full screen or scaled, extremely smooth
One of the very few files files I can't get vlc to play is canopus hq :) Windows media player does this, though!
I tend to export a lot of wmv for windows now. At around 2000 Mbs you get a reasonable SD; 3-4000 a tolerable HD (you can go higher on either- and depending on the material, get a considerably better picture- but I find clips won't play smoothly on older computers- even on vlc :)).
Not the best codec out there, but windows friendly.
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Not sure what is best for WMP as I never use it, but a .wmv with sufficient bit rate should be fine.
If the client is not computer savvy and you provide her a non standard codec it might cause headache.

Someone who uses WMP need to chime in for bit rate (format) advice.

just FYI, VLC media player is a 18.9MB file download in it's current version, 1 click install, very user friendly, no nonsense like WMP :)
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thanks for all that. I think my computer struggles playing back anything with full hd dimensions
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vlc also has a slightly odd thing on my laptop, where it misses the first second or so of audio on a wmv file. maybe not enough ram, but annoying. where they play perfectly on wmp.
Just mentioning this for accuracy- i use vlc for almost everything, and generally like it very well :)
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thank Mr. Stowell, fellow professional...
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i've noticed, by experimenting that by reducing frame size the file plays alot better on my computer.
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:07 AM   #10
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I didn't realize that it was possible to change your project to 1080p 25, even though your camera settings were 1080i. Edius seems to handle it seemlessly.
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