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Carlos Flores
Universal Compression format
on Jul 30, 2009 at 2:17:01 pm

Hello guys,

Quick question to anyone. What is a universal video format that can be used with any computer, PC or MAC. Meaning .mov/.wmv/.flv. Anybody?



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Craig Seeman
Re: Universal Compression format
on Jul 30, 2009 at 4:30:37 pm

[Carlos Flores] "Quick question"
Not really.
Ranks right up there with "What is the meaning of life?"

Maybe MEPG1 .mpg but you don't want to go near that if you care about quality/efficiency.

It depends what codecs are available and it depends whether it's only for playing or post production use.
You have to tell us what you mean be "used." Just play or for post?

You have to tell us what you really mean by "any computer." Windows 95, Linux, 10 year old computers?

H.264 .mov or mp4 if they have Quicktime 7 or higher
WMV9 if they have Flip4Mac on Mac.
the older MPEG4 (Part 2) .mp can work with Quicktime 6.
Sorenson 3 .mov can work with Quicktime 5.

[Carlos Flores] "Meaning .mov/.wmv/.flv"
These are wrappers, not codecs and I guarantee there are codecs and variants with those wrappers that WILL NOT PLAY on many computers.

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Brian Alexander
Re: Universal Compression format
on Jul 30, 2009 at 4:49:43 pm


There are way too many variables to go shooting off quick answers to your quick question. Do you know of a universal tape format that can be played with every tape deck? VHS, BETA, DigitBeta, DVCAM, DVCProHD, HDCAM, HDCAM SR, etc...

Photo JPG and DV are universal but they are not distribution based formats, these are for editing.

I'm at a loss for words...How about youtube? Anyone with a browser can see your video then. That's pretty universal.

You will get solid answers from this forum if you can provide details about what you have to work with and what you are trying to do. What you are asking for is for the Mac and PC guy to hang out and watch the same TV in the same living room and maybe eat at Subway together. Not going to happen.

If you do find some universal format in your quest please let us know what you find.


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Rich Rubasch
Re: Universal Compression format
on Jul 31, 2009 at 2:17:31 am

The US government chose high bitrate MPEG-2 to archive it's digital media files. Not that it is fully cross platform, but it is a format that is becoming sort of universal.

Rich Rubasch
Tilt Media

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Daniel Low
Re: Universal Compression format
on Jul 31, 2009 at 11:02:22 am

Rich, I kind of agree with you although the US Government does not equal the world (despite what they might think).

MPEG-2 and as such DVD is the probably the worlds most populat video 'format'

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