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Lura Haire
Xvid vs Mpeg-4 vs mp4?
on Oct 4, 2015 at 9:39:25 am

I have a new Sony Head Unit in my truck and I've been trying to burn a few video data DVD's

According to the manual, max video resolution from a DVD data disc is 720 x 576 @ 30fps for both Xvid and MPEG-4

If I use the USB ports, there's a max res of 1280 x 720 @ 30fps

Problem is I have yet to get regular .mp4 video files downloaded from YouTube to play via burned data disc (shows the amount of files, but then spits it out and says "no playable data")

The files play fine using the USB ports, however, the rear monitors don't work when the USB ports are used, so I'll need to use the DVD if I want the kids to watch, otherwise I'd actually prefer to use the USB's

Sony suggested finalizing the discs (which I have) as well as trying different burning software and media like DVD+R's instead of DVD-R's, but none worked.

Then earlier today, a buddy sent me an XVid video file to try out and it worked as it should using a regular DVD-R

So now the questions:

1) Is there a difference between "Mpeg4" and the .mp4 files that I downloaded from YouTube?

2) If so, is there an Mpeg4 plug in option for Vegas Pro 12 so I can re-render the files as such?

3) Is there an XVid plug in for Vegas 12?

4) Is there any other file type I can use that might already be listed in my current render plug ins for Pro 12?


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John Rofrano
Re: Xvid vs Mpeg-4 vs mp4?
on Oct 4, 2015 at 10:34:57 am

[Lura Haire] "1) Is there a difference between "Mpeg4" and the .mp4 files that I downloaded from YouTube?"
Yes and No. MPEG-4 files have the extension .MP4 so they are the same thing.. However, MPEG-4 is a huge specification with multiple Profiles and Levels so the video can be very different and still be consider MPEG-4.
[Lura Haire] "2) If so, is there an Mpeg4 plug in option for Vegas Pro 12 so I can re-render the files as such?"
Both Sony AVC and MainConcept AVC produce MPEG-4 .MP4 files.
[Lura Haire] "3) Is there an XVid plug in for Vegas 12?"
Yes, go to the Xvid web site and download the codec. Then go into the Video for Windows render type and create a template that uses the Xvid codec as the video format.
[Lura Haire] "4) Is there any other file type I can use that might already be listed in my current render plug ins for Pro 12?"
What you are doing is non-standard. You would have to ask the manufacturer of your DVD player. If they want Xvid then, Vegas doesn't come with the Xvid codec so you have to add it. Normally DVD players only support MPEG-2 and don't have USB ports.

~jr

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