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Best codec, assuming two people have ffmpeg

Stefan de Konink
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Hi,


Looking at the current implementation of ffmpeg what would be the best
video/audio codec available to get the best results for average ffmpeg
home-use?


...lets say would everyone advise stick with WMV, or is there a better
encoding choice?


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Re: Best codec, assuming two people have ffmpeg

Stefano Sabatini
On date Tuesday 2007-12-25 03:22:37 +0100, Stefan de Konink encoded:

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> Hi,
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> Looking at the current implementation of ffmpeg what would be the best
> video/audio codec available to get the best results for average ffmpeg
> home-use?
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> ...lets say would everyone advise stick with WMV, or is there a better
> encoding choice?

Encoding choice depends on many factors. For maximum portability stick
with Mpeg video 1 and MP2 for the audio, for maximum patents related
freedom use theora+vorbis (AFAIK somehow problematic with ffmpeg), for
maximum quality/compression use Mpeg 4 part 2 or H264 and vorbis/AAC
(but I don't know the support status of H264 in ffmpeg).

Also I think everybody in this list will show you different opinions,
so take my own with care.

HTH, regards.
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Re: Best codec, assuming two people have ffmpeg

Stefan de Konink
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Stefano Sabatini schreef:
>> Looking at the current implementation of ffmpeg what would be the best
>> video/audio codec available to get the best results for average ffmpeg
>> home-use?

> for
> maximum quality/compression use Mpeg 4 part 2 or H264 and vorbis/AAC
> (but I don't know the support status of H264 in ffmpeg).

I'm targeting maximum quality/compression between ffmpeg users. Is SNOW
currently a good alternative option if two users use the same version?


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Re: Best codec, assuming two people have ffmpeg

Stefano Sabatini
On date Tuesday 2007-12-25 14:24:34 +0100, Stefan de Konink encoded:

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> Stefano Sabatini schreef:
> >> Looking at the current implementation of ffmpeg what would be the best
> >> video/audio codec available to get the best results for average ffmpeg
> >> home-use?
>
> > for
> > maximum quality/compression use Mpeg 4 part 2 or H264 and vorbis/AAC
> > (but I don't know the support status of H264 in ffmpeg).
>
> I'm targeting maximum quality/compression between ffmpeg users. Is SNOW
> currently a good alternative option if two users use the same version?

Snow is a cool codec but as you can easily find is experimental and
not documented as a format, so you take the risk to be not able to
decode content encoded with a different ffmpeg version. Furthermore it
recently resulted borken when encoding at low bitrates (it issued
green artifacts), I don't know if the problem has been fixed in more
recent versions.

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