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Best format to convert video to?

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#1 WastedJoker


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:09

If I'm to send a video to someone with Vista installed + unknown codecs, which file formats would be the best bet to use?

Assuming I don't want to force the installation of a codec etc. except other than what Vista comes with from scratch.

#2 mtrftw


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:11


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:12

Another vote for WMV.

#4 OP WastedJoker


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:13

wmv 8 or 9?

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:15


#6 Hell-In-A-Handbasket


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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:17

H264 as its playable by almost everything. example some WMV's are not playable by MS's 360 ( it wont even support NTFS but will support HFS, go figgure )




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Posted 08 September 2008 - 19:28

Only wmvs can have surround sound on the xbox 360 currently, Hell-In, you are thinking of the file system limitations, not codec issues.

#8 capr


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Posted 09 September 2008 - 18:37

the codecs really don't matter just use VLC to play it. it plays almost any format using any codecs. so you are safe as long as the player has VLC. you didn't mention you will be using it on the 360 so i am not even going to talk about it.

the assumption is that the computer you are going to be watching it on is restricted and yo can't install various codecs to get it to work. well VLC has a portable version that doesn't require an installation and will play almost anything...

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:02

You basically answered your own question.


A clean install of Vista and nothing else, means whatever WMP can play OOB. Pick one of those codecs and go with that.


Don't -EVER- assume the receiving end understands anything about PC's, about installing software and/or using alternative programs.... ;-)

If you stick to the basics, there's a minimum chance it will boomerang back at you.


So all the suggestions above for VLC, converters and such are fine, but should be avoided, unless you're absolutely sure the receiving end is capable of adding software to his PC with the basic understanding of how & why.


When sending stuff to clients it's -always- the lowest common denominator, unless it's absolutely clear what they can play otherwise.

Trust me, I've been bitten way to many times by this in the past. ;-)

#10 Nick H.

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Posted 23 August 2013 - 08:11

While not breaking the record of oldest thread to be resurrected, this certainly does a decent job (5 years, really?).

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