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What is the best video format?

Discussion in 'General Software' started by Black Panther, Feb 16, 2008.

  1. Black Panther

    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    I don't really mind download times or size of the video. I want to know the type of file which gives the best picture quality.

    When I download video you know you get a choice to download either mpeg, avi, etc etc...) since now I've always chose avi because I am sure that I can play them on my pc since I've played them before.

    I have the K-Lite Mega Codec Pack installed. Would that be able to play all video formats?
    Is avi the best quality?
    If not, which one would be the best quality and which decoder would I be needing for it?

    Thanks! :respect:
     
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    Grings New Member

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    h.264 is a good one to look for, its the newer codec used for hd and such, though many people upload files using standard res in it, however its better than other avi codecs at any given bitrate, i've found 220mb or so h.264 files around the same quality as 350mb ones using regular avi, and 350mb h.264 files (45min tv shows recorded from hdtv) at least as good as dvd quality (they look better on my monitor, and as good as dvd on my tv)

    As for the K-Lite pack yes, it should play everything, some people swear by cccp (combined community codec package, not commies) but i have k-lite on one computer and cccp on another, and really cant say which is better, they both work fine for everything i've tried
     
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    Wile E Power User

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    .avi isn't actually a codec. It's just a container. They can be made with many different codecs. divx/xvid, mpg, etc., etc.

    The best format is generally H.264. But you can still get crappy H.264 movies if they over-compressed it or used improper settings. I personally go for H.264 first, then Xvid second. You'll find that most H.264 encodes are in .mkv containers. Sometimes you'll see them in .mp4 containers as well. Xvid usually comes in .avi, but sometimes in .mkv and .ogm as well. There are other containers too, but those are the most common.
     
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    Cccp crashes less often than k-lite. When you ask which one, what choices do you have ? Can you download video quality i.e. VOB etc. ?
     
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    Black Panther Senior Moderator™ Staff Member

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    But when downloading from for example pirate bay, how can I know if an avi film is H.264 or not?
     
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    If size doesn't matter just get uncompressed data.
     
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    h264/x264

    Most torrent releases tend to be x264 in an mkv container.

    I also dont like codec packs. I prefer to pick individual codecs myself.

    Xvid for divx/xvid videos
    CoreAVC for all h264/x264 video
    Matroska Splitter for mkv container support.
     
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    how do i get my files to h.264?
     
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    There are free opensource software out there, but they are difficult to use for novices.

    The easiest retail software include quicktime/nero/mainconcept and others.

    Use this for all video encoding guides

    http://www.videohelp.com/

    Also the forums here http://www.doom9.org/ are the best on the internet for video encoding.
     
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    HookeyStreet Eat, sleep, game!

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    My favourite atm is x264/mkv files (when taken from 'genuine' HD or Bluray sources).
     

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