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Old Mar 2, 2009, 7:18 AM   #1
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MY relative who is somewhat tech savy hasn't been able to play the videos I took of his little girl's 1st birthday on his new Mac. We were able to download KDplayer for his PC but that's got a processor that's too slow so the viewing is horrible.

He has a Canon HD tape camcorder which connects fine with his Mac but these files so far are a no go. In the mean time I cut a DVD for his standard def TV but that didn't look too good.

So I'd like to just be able to send him stuff in native h.264 format for his Mac.

I'm not a Mac person so is he doing something wrong or is Mac H.264 different than Sanyo H.264?

Is there a reasonable answer to this that doesn't involve long conversions in format?

Thanks.

Bob S.
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 3:54 PM   #2
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what you need is open source software. Proprietary software is just that...basically selfish in they don't like sharing unless you give em money for right to use.

Open source software I suggest that will run on both windows, mac, linux..should of said all three..

vlc media player
http://www.videolan.org/

winff video converter (convert to mp4 lower res and you may need to trial and error)
http://winff.org/html/

ffmpegX
http://www.ffmpegx.com/


ffmpeg is basically codecs that do not interfere with your operating system. They are powerfull tools. all software here, to my knowledge, work with each other well since they run off ffmpeg. ffmpeg is a tool which converts, plays back many file codec types anywhere from h.264 to mp4 to mp3 to pcm...you name it and is wrapped within each application so it will not interfere with your operating system directmedia or x codecs. interlaced or 1080i video is not supported yet. everything else like 1080p or 720p any framerate is very supported.
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 4:29 PM   #3
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Before I tell him to go down that route.

I thought the Mac did support H.264. It seems to say exactly that on their website.

I am looking for verification one way or the other about Sanyo's impementation of H.264 being able to work on the Mac.



Someone on this forum certainly must have tried this?
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Old Mar 2, 2009, 8:26 PM   #4
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quicktime player should play it but honestly: Not optimized and history on the net with so many statements I have read say so unless your rigg is really upscale.

VLC is better optimized to play back high def content as well as 3d accelerated software such as the awsome media player some guy coughed up on his spare time. uses the GPU for juice instead of the dated cpu's.

http://forums.steves-digicams.com/fo...mp;forum_id=27

besides! playback of high def content requires pci-e slots and at least a 8800gt with a good bus speed, high data rate transfer on your pc.
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