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What do you feel when site uses codec that you don't have?

Type: General

Submitted by asmith12 (124)
No problem, I can sort it out 9% 5 Votes
It is mildly annoying 26% 14 Votes
I hate it 38% 20 Votes
I won't ever join such a site 13% 7 Votes
I have all the codecs 13% 7 Votes
What is codec? 0% 0 Votes

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53 Votes Total

Nov 17, 2007

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ace of aces (179) is there really someone who havent got all codecs? :)
11-17-07  02:48am

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DivBZero (13) REPLY TO #1 - ace of aces :

All the codecs are easy if you have a PC, but what about MAC and Linux users?

Cheers DivB

11-17-07  02:52am

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ace of aces (179) REPLY TO #2 - DivBZero :

never thought of people who haven`t got a pc :)
11-17-07  03:00am

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asmith12 (124) REPLY TO #1 - ace of aces :

> is there really someone who havent got all codecs? :)
Me for instance. I hate installing all the garbage that comes with codecs, having to deal with adware/spyware, Windows slowing down to a crawl and/or starting to crash on regular basis. On my main laptop, I have ONLY WMP, QT and Flash plug-in, that's it; not even DivX/XVid. if the site has something different - usually it's tough luck for them, unless they have something REALLY special.

Interesting that this "REALLY special site with non-standard codecs only" didn't happen to me at least during last 2-3 years; I've noticed that usually sites that like things like XVid/DivX are Russian (or other 3rd-world) ones and there is usually nothing to see anyway :-).

11-17-07  03:30am

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nygiants03 (162) I never joined a site that didn't have WMV, or mpg for downloading, so codecs are never really a problem.
11-17-07  08:19am

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Monahan (42) I don't like QuickTime, and will never load it. If a site uses QuickTime exclusively, I'm gone. Case closed.
11-17-07  09:10am

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jd1961 (95) Google k-lite codec pack. It's safe, and you never have to worry about a codec.
11-17-07  10:47am

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kkman112 (12) I have all the codecs available for my system. The only videos I haven't been able to play are those that were encoded by completely incompetent morons, a FEW real media files, and files with DRM. Even if I was able to play DRMed files, I would not and I don't join sites that use DRM. Other than that all other files are playable.

P.S. - Using Linux.

11-17-07  02:32pm

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kkman112 (12) REPLY TO #4 - asmith12 :

You are missing out with XviD. A LOT of videos now-a-days are encoded using it and it is a really good file format. I know DivX installs a whole bunch of c-r-a-p with their codec, but you should look at XviD ( http://www.xvid.org/ ). It is essentially an open-source version of DivX minus the "menus" feature (never used it anyway -- and DVDs aren't going to use the format). XviD doesn't come with any spyware, just the codec, install/uninstall, and settings/prefs program.

I use Linux so DivX isn't an option. XviD plays all the DivX vids though. There is a Windows (and I think Mac) version.

11-17-07  02:37pm

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pat362 (373) One of my favorite is VLC, because this player can play most, if not all videos possible. It's easy to use and best of all it's free.
11-17-07  06:05pm

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littlejoe (23) as long as it can play in wmp its ok. but if its only formats are real or quicktime, i wont join
11-17-07  08:17pm

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asmith12 (124) REPLY TO #9 - kkman112 :

> A LOT of videos now-a-days are encoded using it and it is a really good file format.
Let's look at TBP: 6200+ sites provide WMV and only 566 DivX (plus 84 XVid whatever it means); and of those which provide DivX most provide WMV too (I took a random sample and 7 out of 10 sites with DivX also provided WMV), which leaves us with about 3% of sites with DivX and without WMV. Not that much IMHO.

As for format: DivX/XVid = MPEG-4, right? Then QuickTime7 (which I have anyway) is supposed to play it; I'm wondering if it really can do it; do you know link of any free clip in DivX/XVid so I can try it (or maybe if you have QuickTime you can try it yourself and tell)?

11-18-07  01:53am

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kkman112 (12) REPLY TO #12 - asmith12 :

I don't have a link offhand. Most video sites use Flash today and other than that most of them are either pay sites or bittorrent (a la Vuze). If you use bitTorrent, Vuze.com has a lot of DIVX and MOV files.

I cannot try Quicktime because I use linux, but I do have a codec that can decode MOV files on my system. Back when I used Windows I never installed Quicktime cause it was always EXTREMELY SLOW, slower than any other player and the codec was only installed for use IN THEIR PLAYER ONLY. Sorry, but I don't oblige companies that restrict use like that. I don't know if it is any different today, but I might not find out for a while. I have no interest in reinstalling XP, no interest in Vista. I MAY (and I stress MAY) install Windows 7 when it is released, but that is speculative at this point. If it turns out to be another Vista then that is not going to happen.

11-18-07  07:18am

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asmith12 (124) REPLY TO #13 - kkman112 :

Movies on BitTorrent and other P2P networks? No thanks. I've got a feeling that most of movies there are pirated ones, and I've got another feeling that people making movies are entitled to get money for it.

About QT vs DivX/XVid - my experience with them was that QT is a stable product, which I cannot say about both XVid and DivX. QT original .MOV format is inferior to both WMV and MPEG-4, but as QT started to support MPEG-4 (including AVC) it became about the same quality/bandwidth-wise as WMV.

11-18-07  09:23am

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apoctom (145) I don't prefer to have to load new codecs, but it's not the biggest pain in the world. For MPEG-encoded videos, I tend to convert them to WMV. I have a nice piece of software that allows batch conversions, so I just load up a list of MPG movies and let it run overnight. Delete the originals and keep the WMVs.
11-18-07  11:30am

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SnowDude (214) It's really a pain in the ass because if I'm going to play a clip that's not the moment I want to go hunting for codecs!
11-25-07  05:36pm

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Davit (46) Don't like mp4 - my DivX player can't handle it. I'm sure there must be a way of installing the mp4 codec for DivX, but being technically remedial (!) I wouldn't know how to do it, and quite frankly can't be arsed to go to the trouble!
I still watch mp4 vids, but on SMPlayer.

02-28-08  05:03pm

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