[opendtv] Re: Web Streaming Content and QT, WMV, Flash, ETC

  • From: "Kon Wilms" <konfoo@xxxxxxxxx>
  • To: opendtv@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Wed, 17 Dec 2008 13:11:47 -0800

On Wed, Dec 17, 2008 at 12:50 PM,  <dan.grimes@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Can h.264 be played back in any player?  One of the problems with MPEG2 is
> that one must pay for the codec.  Of course now days, most have it since DVD
> playback is common with most computers.  But is that true for h.264?

You can use VLC on any platform to play back h264 content. It fares
best with H264 in an mp4, mkv, or avi container. Personally I use mkv
because it is 1. open source and 2. preserves aspect ratio while still
enabling muxing of ac3 with h264. If you don't want to use VLC you can
install perian on mac and ffdshow on windows to enable decode. There
are a ton of tools out there that will encode content to h264 using
the open source x264 codec.

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