I have a client who would like to embed some video into a powerpoint presentation and is
requesting and mpeg 1 codec in an avi format. I use Mac OSX and cleaner 6. I can't seem to get
this to be feasible using that software
Any ideas why?
You should tell your client that a standard MPEG-1 (.mpg) will embed fine into a Powerpoint presentation. There is absolutely no reason whatsoever to want to have a MPEG-1 movie in an .AVI wrapper. While I am sure there may be some possible way to do what you're asking, I certainly can't think of a way using a mac. Also, when you are ready to encode to MPEG-1, Cleaner may not be your best option. If it works for your source and is cross-platform, then good, but Cleaner 6 has many bugs with regards to its MPEG encoding. Some other encoders that tend to do a better job at producing MPEG-1s on the mac are MainConcept, Compression Master, and ffmpegX.
Thanks for your info. He told me that if I supply an mpeg1 in a qt format the qt player shows up in the powerpoint so the solution is avi. I think in cleaner that if I encode mpeg1 it wraps it in a qt player format which , as he indicated, is not desireable in powerpoint.
Sound right? I'll investigate the other programs , hopefully they are not expensive
No, that doesn't sound right. When you create an MPEG, you are creating an MPEG, not a QuickTime or Windows Media or AVI. True MPEGs are a file format in their own right. The only reason you may see a QT style icon on your MPEG file is because QT is the associated player for the file. If you associate MPEGs with Windows Media Player as the default, then it will gain a WinMedia icon.
I've done Mpeg1 in the dreaded Cleaner for Windows Powerpoint presentations. They've always worked for my clients. BTW I agree Cleaner Mpeg encoding is bugy but the Mpeg1 it produces (when it does it right) works in Windows Powerpoint.
Don't ya love it when clients insist they know what they're talking about when they don't.