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Old 05-28-2008, 10:03 PM
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Where can I learn about video codecs? Is there some grand FAQ website that won't try to sell their super-duper, oh-so-special codecs? I'm trying to learn about them so i know which formats are best for what I want.
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Old 05-29-2008, 10:05 AM
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Where can I learn about video codecs? Is there some grand FAQ website that won't try to sell their super-duper, oh-so-special codecs? I'm trying to learn about them so i know which formats are best for what I want.
There is no best format. It depends on what the devices you are going to use support and what you want to do.

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Old 05-29-2008, 10:08 AM
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http://forum.doom9.org/ - best you ask in the "Newbie" section there. And be a bit more specific about what you actually intend to know.
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Old 05-29-2008, 11:03 AM
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There is no best format. It depends on what the devices you are going to use support and what you want to do.

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That's what I mean. I'm not going to use the same video/audio codec for everything I have. I want my movies to be decent but compressed, concerts to be as good as I can get, and everyday 'youtube' funny videos to be one step above shitty.

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http://forum.doom9.org/ - best you ask in the "Newbie" section there. And be a bit more specific about what you actually intend to know.

Ah, okay, I'll lurk around there for a while. Thank you.
What I was looking for was this site in black and white that had everything about DVDs and burning/ripping/etc. It was formatted as a FAQ, where you clicked one question and it brought you down the list of answers on the same page to what you clicked. I cannot for the life of me remember where I put that link.... Oh well! Thanks again!
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That's what I mean. I'm not going to use the same video/audio codec for everything I have. I want my movies to be decent but compressed, concerts to be as good as I can get, and everyday 'youtube' funny videos to be one step above shitty.
Which devices will you be playing the videos on and which codecs do they support?

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Which platform are you on?

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Old 05-29-2008, 02:47 PM
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Cowon a3. I'm getting a 60gb, but I have more music then videos so I want to keep the video sizes fairly small. I'm also trying to get a Zune [30gb] as well.

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In that case h.264 should give you the best compression ratio, size vs. quality. For the audio codec, use AAC if possible. It might result in a bit better compression than using XviD and MP3, but it's probably more processor intensive (ie. less battery time). There's always pros and cons...
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Cowon a3. I'm getting a 60gb, but I have more music then videos so I want to keep the video sizes fairly small. I'm also trying to get a Zune [30gb] as well.
For this device your best bet is H.264 and then XVID. As dfkt said, H.264 will give you the best compression, but will most likely be a lot more power hungry than XVID.


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Okay, great! This really cuts down on my researching time. Thank you both so much!
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