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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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RE[5]: Schrodinger
by J. M. on Thu 18th Sep 2008 22:25 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: Schrodinger"
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According to Wikipedia WMV is ASF, so if true I would say it is rather used, if only typically tied to Windows Media codecs. Not that I actually know, though.

ASF is a container (like AVI, MP4, QuickTime, Matroska, Ogg etc.) WMV is a video format. Those are two different categories.

AVI (or more appropriately, DivX codec contained into it), for example, was a nightmare for Mac users pretty much until Perian, VLC or MPlayer for OS X came by, which is not that too long ago.

AVI files do not contain the DivX codec or any other codec. Codec is a software library, while AVI (and ASF MP4 etc.) files contain audio and video streams (typically) compressed with audio and video codecs. That is, A/V streams in some formats, because codecs use formats, usually common standards developed by someone else (for example, the video format that the DivX codec uses is standard MPEG-4 ASP, which means that AVI files containing streams encoded with DivX contain MPEG-4 ASP video).

Furthermore, it's not AVI's (or MPEG-4's or the codec makers') fault that QuickTime sucks big time. Anyone who uses Apple software for video playback on Mac OS X gets what he/she deserves. It could never play MPEG-4 ASP video properly, and in 2008, it still cannot play H.264 video properly. That does not mean MPEG-4 ASP or H.264 is bad, it just means QuickTime is really impotent (and therefore should be ignored completely when it comes to discussions about A/V format decisions).

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