5 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2009 11:17 AM by Applied CD

    Preferred video formats/Codecs other than QT/MOV?

    Applied CD Level 1
      We’ve got a project coming up that will involve a lot of short (2 min) videos so I’m thinking it’s time to review our video standards. The source is typically a mastered DVD video disk (I know, not a good source but most corporate clients don’t know any better) or in rare cases hi-rez MOV’s straight off something like an Avid system. Either way we’ve got to crunch these files into something that plays well with Director 11/XP-SP2 and Vista (I love Mac’s but it has been a long time since any of our clients cared if a project was Mac OS compatible).

      In the past we’ve used MPEG-1, MPEG-2 in limited circumstances, and our current standard is 720 x 480, WMV-9 (main, not the advanced profile), 1000-5000kbps depending on storage constraints. Delivery is almost always disk based so bandwidth is not an issue however some of our clients like the 3” mini-CDs (180Mb) and even on a full sized CD storage is often a concern (distribution of our projects on DVD-ROM is still uncommon). Lately we’ve been getting requests to convert the source files to FLV/On2 or Sorenson for web/Flash applications and I’ve been wondering if it’s time to start using these in Director as well. Has anyone been using this format or have opinions on getting the best possible video into Director while still being compatible with an average corporate user’s PC?
        • 1. Re: Preferred video formats/Codecs other than QT/MOV?
          Level 7
          FLV/VP6 is excellent quality with small file size and possible to play
          within Director with no extra codec/application installed - just through
          FlashAsset Xtra. Highly recommended !!!

          ZS

          Applied CD wrote:
          > We?ve got a project coming up that will involve a lot of short (2 min) videos
          > so I?m thinking it?s time to review our video standards. The source is
          > typically a mastered DVD video disk (I know, not a good source but most
          > corporate clients don?t know any better) or in rare cases hi-rez MOV?s straight
          > off something like an Avid system. Either way we?ve got to crunch these files
          > into something that plays well with Director 11/XP-SP2 and Vista (I love Mac?s
          > but it has been a long time since any of our clients cared if a project was Mac
          > OS compatible).
          >
          > In the past we?ve used MPEG-1, MPEG-2 in limited circumstances, and our
          > current standard is 720 x 480, WMV-9 (main, not the advanced profile),
          > 1000-5000kbps depending on storage constraints. Delivery is almost always disk
          > based so bandwidth is not an issue however some of our clients like the 3?
          > mini-CDs (180Mb) and even on a full sized CD storage is often a concern
          > (distribution of our projects on DVD-ROM is still uncommon). Lately we?ve been
          > getting requests to convert the source files to FLV/On2 or Sorenson for
          > web/Flash applications and I?ve been wondering if it?s time to start using
          > these in Director as well. Has anyone been using this format or have opinions
          > on getting the best possible video into Director while still being compatible
          > with an average corporate user?s PC?
          >
          • 2. Re: Preferred video formats/Codecs other than QT/MOV?
            Applied CD Level 1
            Thanks Ziggi. Do you happen to know how the On2 VP6 codec is distributed? Is it acquired only through updates to the Flash browser plug-in or does Microsoft include the codec with automatic updates to their media player? We deal with users in some very restrictive IT environments where Microsoft updates are kept current but browser plug-ins are not, and the users are often restricted from updating their own machines.
            • 3. Re: Preferred video formats/Codecs other than QT/MOV?
              Level 7
              Nope - the codec itself is embedded in FlashAsset Xtra - the end user is
              thus not obligated to install anything special - just open your Director
              movie and enjoy!

              Rgs,
              Ziggi

              Applied CD wrote:
              > Thanks Ziggi. Do you happen to know how the On2 VP6 codec is distributed? Is it
              > acquired only through updates to the Flash browser plug-in or does Microsoft
              > include the codec with automatic updates to their media player? We deal with
              > users in some very restrictive IT environments where Microsoft updates are kept
              > current but browser plug-ins are not, and the users are often restricted from
              > updating their own machines.
              >
              • 4. Re: Preferred video formats/Codecs other than QT/MOV?
                Martin Schaefer Level 1
                Hi,

                like Ziggy said before, the On2 VP6 video can be used through Flash Assets. The playback engine is inside the Flash Asset Xtra, so no need to have a Flash Player (browser plug-in) installed.
                It's just that you can't use On2 VP6 directly in Director. You must play it through a Flash asset, a Flash video player SWF imported into Director.

                Cheers,
                Martin
                • 5. Re: Preferred video formats/Codecs other than QT/MOV?
                  Applied CD Level 1
                  Opps, I missed that. Thanks everyone I'll give FLV a shot and see how it goes.