Linked by Eugenia Loli on Wed 17th Sep 2008 23:09 UTC
Multimedia, AV Dirac is an advanced royalty-free video compression format designed for a wide range of uses, from delivering low-resolution web content to broadcasting HD and beyond, to near-lossless studio editing. The v1.0.0 version was released yesterday, and the new VLC version supports playback of .ts/.drc Dirac files.
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by tristan on Wed 17th Sep 2008 23:36 UTC
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Yes, the dirac research codec is awkward to use. Happily, there is another encoder called Schrodinger, which comes with GStreamer elements which allow all the things you're after -- command line encoding, muxing into Ogg etc. It's also quite a lot faster than the Dirac research encoder, and is currently at version 1.0.5.

There's even a (very basic) GUI to encode to the Dirac format using Schroedinger, and it's been around for over a year. I know, I wrote it.

Edited 2008-09-17 23:47 UTC

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