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- general question about streaming AVI's
February 23, 2005, 8:43 am
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Re: general question about streaming AVI's
Make sure that it uses a compression scheme suitable for the web.
Avi is a wrapper format that can contain pretty much any known video and
audio compression format. This creates a problem since the client system
needs to know in advance if it has the required software to play it. If
the avi uses DivX or XviD compression then there's another problem:
players like MS MediaPlayer do not on demand install codecs
as they do for other compression schemes.
Consequently you might be better of converting the (uncompressed) source
to Windows Media format, and then add a second media file using non
proprietary audio and video compressors (for example XviD for the video
and Ogg Vorbis audio) for the benefit of those that cannot play Windows
If you do that you can use the widely recognized Windows Media
redirector formats, for most people the right player will start, and if
the required codec level isn't installed on the client system it will be
automatically fetched from MS and installed.
Streaming using redirector files: