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Andrew Saliga
WMV Playback on Mac, and a few odds and ends regarding playing from server.
on Jun 11, 2009 at 6:57:30 pm

One of our latest projects requires 720x1280 WMV output - yes, it's vertically oriented. The final output is going to be put on some type of media server that will playback the videos on certain monitors inside of a casino.

My main question is about testing playback of WMVs on a Mac. We have Flip4Mac, but it doesn't seem to work very well, as it appears to be dropping frames on playback. Any thoughts on this other than actually playing back on PC?

As for compression I've been using the WMV component I installed in Compressor via Fli4Mac. I'm currently running it through Sorenson as well. WMVs aren't requested too often, so I'm not sure of the best approach.

Has anyone else had experience with delivering content like this? Content that will be placed on some type of server and have the various videos distributed to different TVs? Is there anything I should be aware of? For example, I've read that a CBR will be better than a VBR for this.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com


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Daniel Low
Re: WMV Playback on Mac, and a few odds and ends regarding playing from server.
on Jun 12, 2009 at 9:27:16 am

[Andrew Saliga] "but it doesn't seem to work very well, as it appears to be dropping frames on playback"

What sort of Mac are you using?

[Andrew Saliga] "For example, I've read that a CBR will be better than a VBR for this"

Certainly CBR, 2-pass if possible.

What sort of data rates are they asking for?

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Andrew Saliga
Re: WMV Playback on Mac, and a few odds and ends regarding playing from server.
on Jun 12, 2009 at 2:26:44 pm

I compressed on a PPC G5. Dual 2gHz processor and 1.5GB RAM. It's actually the slowest machine around here, but it doesn't do anything other than crunch compressions. I noticed that the WMVs I encoded with Flip4Mac, but not the ones I encoded with Sorenson weren't playing back well.

They didn't ask for anything specific other than WMV. Unfortunately we are not in contact with any of the technical people on their end. I could request more details if needed.

-Andrew Saliga

Steelehouse Productions
http://www.steelehouse.com


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