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Old January 30th, 2004, 11:57 AM   #1
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WMV output...

I see two different types of WMV to output- what is the difference between the two?
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Old January 30th, 2004, 12:33 PM   #2
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Isn't that version Media 8 and Media 9?
I advise to use the Media version 9 as it has a far better compression ratio/quality.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 02:15 PM   #3
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So if I render it as WMV 9 and someone has an older version of media player (and and below) it won't play?
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Old January 30th, 2004, 02:47 PM   #4
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Window Media Player automatically download needed codec when there is an active internet connection. So I think that even version 7 or 8 is able to play WMV 9 file format.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 03:16 PM   #5
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Any version of Windows Media player 7 in Windows or higher can download and play the WM9 codec. However, some versions of Windows Media in other OSes are much better with Windows Media 8 files. I've been encoding with that for compatibility for quite a while for all the videos I upload to IndianapolisFilm.Net. Most of the mac users can play them just fine, where they had problems with WM9.
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Old January 30th, 2004, 04:28 PM   #6
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Wasn't there a recent MS upgrade to Media 9 for MAC computers?
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Old January 30th, 2004, 04:34 PM   #7
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Yes, several folks nearby have OSX and have successfully installed the WM9 player for OSX. No problems thus far (been 2-3 weeks).
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 09:16 AM   #8
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I put my showreel up on my website in WMP9 format and I know that some people had problems, namely they could hear the audio but not see the picture. It appears that they had WMP8 or earlier and upgrading to WMP9 sorted it out.

The fact that WMP7 and better can automatically download the codec for WMP9 makes me wonder if the people that had problems were on dial-ups or couldn't connect to the internet for some reason.

I've since put up Real and QT versions to cater for the masses!
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 11:04 AM   #9
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Another WMV question....

I see a PAL preset for MPG1/2 output but none for WMV. How do I output PAL footage as WMV format? Do I have to go through the settings and manually set everything (resolution, frame-rate, etc)?
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 11:16 AM   #10
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Ian,
Don't know about the masses, but I prefer wmv over real and QT. Particularly real is notorious for leaving spy-ware in your machine.
By the way, I believe anyone can disable the automatic download of new codecs in Media player.

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There's no PAL format in wmv. It's just wmv. You can set it to 25 fps if you want, or more, or less. And you can save your own presets.
TIP: If you render to wmv at a high bitrate you have a good storing format - better than MPEG.
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 11:31 AM   #11
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Tor, I absolutely agree - especially regarding Real. Also, the Real player seems to take a lot longer to load up a movie and play. Not much experience of QT so I can't really comment. I am also a WMV preferer.

The only reason I have multiple formats is that my site is promoting me and I know that if ever I can't get to see something first time, I give up and go elsewhere - I want to make sure that anyone wanting to see my showreel can do so without hitch. Otherwise I may be losing work.

BTW <start shameless boast> I've just been hired to narrate a docu-spoof being shot in Russia and I have to go to Moscow in a couple of weeks to record the v/o. They found me from my web site and liked the showreel and voicereels, so I guess it pays to be safe! <end shameless boast>.
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Old February 2nd, 2004, 11:46 AM   #12
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WMV is Great!

I adore WMV 8 or 9. The quality is great and have used it to share between members of the family. I've tried the various rates for modems, and have created files from 256kps up to 3mps. Is there adiffence when viewing on a pc? I don't send these files by broadband, it's only to get the best quality. I've presently got a 3mps, 27minute video - I think its around 530mbs - on a 20 pence cd, it works, it plays and it sounds great . . no need here to create a dvd . . . I suppose what I'm saying is to choose that medium fior the audience will be pleased with. Mostly it's case of accessibility . . most people have a pc with WMP on it . . so there you go . . .

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wmv9 is really mpeg4. some of the newer mpeg4 variations are better...like DiVx, on2's VP6, or Xvid.
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