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    Which video format is most compatible with PC's?

    I'm going to start shooting some video for my game.

    I want to go with a format that all PC's are capable of. Out of these format, which one would you choose?

    *H.264 mpeg-4

    *WMV

    *AVI

    A lot of the camera's on the market capture in H.264 now. The camera I'm looking at does H.264 natively (1280x720, 30 frames per second). I'll have to shoot it in this res and frame rate because the main video is also in this res and frame rate.

    So would I be safe staying with H.264? Or would I be better off converting my filmings to one of the other formats?

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    Re: Which video format is most compatible with PC's?

    Well it depends who you want to attract. Mac users can more easily view the format you're wanting, but Windows users can't without Mac's Quicktime player or a codec that has to be manually installed, so they'd be better with AVI, or WMV.
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    Re: Which video format is most compatible with PC's?

    H.264 is nice. I use FFMPeg to transcode all my Digital TV to this format as you can get high quality at low bitrates. I'd use it but I don't know about the licensing if you want to use it in a commercial product. Don't forget when you use next generation Video formats you are cutting out older PCs that are going to struggle decoding this format.

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    Re: Which video format is most compatible with PC's?

    Quote Originally Posted by LB
    Well it depends who you want to attract. Mac users can more easily view the format you're wanting, but Windows users can't without Mac's Quicktime player or a codec that has to be manually installed, so they'd be better with AVI, or WMV.
    Excellent points. I'm going PC-only for now, but I have plans to expand it to other formats after the demo and I'm 100% comfortable.

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    Re: Which video format is most compatible with PC's?

    Quote Originally Posted by DJFuego
    H.264 is nice. I use FFMPeg to transcode all my Digital TV to this format as you can get high quality at low bitrates. I'd use it but I don't know about the licensing if you want to use it in a commercial product. Don't forget when you use next generation Video formats you are cutting out older PCs that are going to struggle decoding this format.
    Yeah, I was worried about the compatibility with older machines

    I guess I'll stick with .wmv

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