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comment Lossless DVD to avi?
+1 just for the last sentence. If he really doesn't care about size, just keeping an image of the DVD will save a lot of time.
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comment What is the quickest, easiest way to compress a mp3 file?
You may also use a different format such as AAC or WMA that can provide the same quality with a lower filesize.
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asked Prevent RDC from installing new keyboard layouts
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
Previous experience taught me that these components (aka Flip4Mac) are a bit finicky, and sometimes break after updating Quicktime (or Safari, if you're using embedded videos). If you decide do use WMV, test with a specific version of QT and Flip4Mac and tell your users to stick to that version, will save you some headaches.
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
@Molly He doesn't need "a variety of programs" to play MP4, only one of the examples I listed is enough. Also, if you really want to go through the "no installation" route, given his mixed environment the only real options are MPEG1, and maybe FLV or MP4 through a Flash player. All the other options being discussed (DivX, WMV or MP4 downloadable) are certain to require installation of programs for a subset of users. Since we don't have enough info about his corporate environment, we can't really tell which one will give him the least trouble.
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
@davr Very good point. I honestly don't know the exact restrictions, but it's something the OP needs to be careful with if he wants to use the video for streaming.
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
Windows users are not restricted to WMP12 for MP4 support. Just naming the most obvious ones, anyone with iTunes, QuickTime, VLC or one of the many codec packs can play MP4 videos. Plus, it's supported by Flash, meaning he can just put a player on his website for those without the proper codecs. And I don't think you can beat Flash as far as installed base goes.
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
@Patrick: Edited to account for this. The overall content doesn't change much, but you probably should speak first with the companies to see if they're willing to install the required playback software. Also, one more thing to point out is that MP4 is supported by Flash, so another option (if you have the bandwidth for it) is to just stream them using a player on your website. If go through this route, make sure to specify the resolution and bitrate for the videos as well.
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
That article only goes up to WMP11, Windows 7 uses WMP12. I don't think MS has an updated version of that article including this latest version, but a quick Google search finds many articles about it. Two samples: gizmodo.com/5146859/… or en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Features_new_to_Windows_7#Format_support
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
From what I understood of the question, companies will be submitting the videos but the viewers will be regular people around the net.
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answered I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
Allowing multiple formats is OK, but he should make a list of what's supported. Don't leave it up to the submitter.
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comment I need a bunch of people to send me videos. What format should I specify?
@Molly It's supported "out of the box" by both OSX and Windows 7. It's also well supported on XP, Vista and Linux.
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comment Should we holdout in buying a wireless n router?
I remember that when I got my first Wireless-G router, it was still using a draft spec. A firmware update was enough to update it to the final spec.