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Old 06-20-01, 01:47 AM
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What is the best video codec to use? I might save some captured video from TV shows. I used ASF before but that was over a year ago and I'm assuming there may be better codecs now.
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Depends on what your using it for, how good you want it to look, and how smooth you want motion to be.

high-res, low-size = use DivX
high-res, smooth-action = MPEG2 (note: files will be big)
low-size, smooth-action = MPEG1 (possibly Indeo or Quicktime)
low-size, low-action = Real media

I save South Park episodes to Real Media which works great for videos of that type (about 36MB/episode). Everything else I save as MPEG1 VCD files. If I had a clear source and had a better capture card I'd use MPEG2 SVCD files. I like quallity and smoothness whenever I can. I will probably never store my stuff as DivX due to the way it encodes videos containing action (dropped frames suck). True, it does produce high resolution small files, but I'd rather go MPEG1 (smaller res) and keep all my frames.

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