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MouseBits => Instructional Guides => Topic started by: TheBeets on October 24, 2006, 10:54:28 AM

Title: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: TheBeets on October 24, 2006, 10:54:28 AM
I don't know why so many people are having problems with this format.

FFDShow (only install the codecs you know you need)
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/FFDShow_MPEG4_Video_Decoder/1054056131/ (http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/FFDShow_MPEG4_Video_Decoder/1054056131/)

Quicktime Alternative
http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/QuickTime_Alternative_QT7/1049831315/ (http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/QuickTime_Alternative_QT7/1049831315/)

Install those and try it in your video player. If you insist on using Quicktime, update it to the latest version.

Most of all keep your computer clean, keep track of codecs you install and  uninstall old ones.

Do not complain to the uploader that you cannot play a file. Do not ask the uploader for a file to be re-encoded. Do not ask the uploader for something that is sold or has been sold recently. There is plenty of information on one of these pages to fix the problem.

Also see:
http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/MP4_Usage_Guide_page1.html (http://www.digital-digest.com/articles/MP4_Usage_Guide_page1.html)
http://www.mousebits.com/forum.php?action=viewtopic&topicid=452 (http://www.mousebits.com/forum.php?action=viewtopic&topicid=452)
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: SeaCastle on March 08, 2008, 05:19:41 PM
I have the latest version of Quicktime, and I have no problem playing them on iTunes, but they won't copy to my iPod video for some reason. Any help?
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: TheWorm on March 08, 2008, 06:01:22 PM
The iPod will only play h.264 when it's in basic profile and is less than 1500 kbps(audio included) for 640width videos and 768kbps for 320width videos.

All the h.264 videos posted on here surpass the iPod specifications on both bitrate and resolution, and many are using a more complex codec profile, thus would need to be transcoded into iPod compatible format.
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: SeaCastle on March 08, 2008, 06:13:06 PM
Is there a good freeware program available that will transcode it? Jodix won't do it.
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: eyore on March 08, 2008, 09:37:03 PM
Not being an i-pod owner or user, I can't give a definite answer but have you tried Super?
It's free and does work with a lot of formats. It's a large download (and rather slow) but I use it a lot even though I do have some cheap converters I have paid for. Ultra mp4 converter is quite stable (free lifetime upgrades as well) and is the one I use for converting flv files (as found on Youtube)  to avi for burning to disc (even though it's really made for converting stuff to mp4).
Whatever you use, make sure you keep it up to date.
As I say, I don't have an i-pod so this is best guess. :-\
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: SeaCastle on March 08, 2008, 09:39:13 PM
I'm running a laptop using Vista (but a 2.87 GB RAM) but it is not compatible with it.
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: SirLamer on March 15, 2008, 11:11:49 PM
I personally reccomend FFDShow Tryouts over the older FFDShow.  Tryouts is still kept up to date, it's much easier to install and it includes an important feature to prevent programs from using ffdshow for video rendering when they shouldn't be.

http://ffdshow-tryout.sourceforge.net/

FFDshow won't open the .mp4 video containers, though, so WMP still can't play .mp4's even with FFDshow Tryouts instaled.  Haali media splitter with give your system .mp4 support.

http://haali.cs.msu.ru/mkv/
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: theeditor on April 08, 2008, 10:57:17 AM
GET QUICKTIME PRO!
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: nelsonj3 on April 08, 2008, 03:08:10 PM
I still really like VLC Media Player for viewing .mp4 and h.264 videos.  It works very well and very fast.

I don't think VLC is available for MAC's though.  (Please correct me if I'm wrong.)
Title: Re: MP4 & h.264 video viewing
Post by: TheWorm on April 08, 2008, 03:15:10 PM
Oh you're very very very wrong :)