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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RE[7]: Schrodinger
by J. M. on Fri 19th Sep 2008 03:05 UTC in reply to "RE[6]: Schrodinger"
J. M.
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.wmv is just a filename extension, but the container is ASF. That's what makes people believe WMV and ASF is the same thing. But it isn't.

The AVI specification has been available for many years. That's why the format is so popular in so many applications, virtually any playback and editing software on earth supports it. The MPEG-4 video (that is, the thing you put into the AVI files) specification is available, too. Nothing stops Apple from supporting it, except for their own interests. When any single hobbyist can implement it in their software in a couple of weeks (the internet is full of examples), Apple can do it, too.

And what I mean is QuickTime - the Apple playback software (not the container), the player, sucks. It does. It cannot play MPEG-4 video with advanced MPEG-4 features, which makes its users believe that MPEG-4 video (either ASP or H.264) produced with popular video editing/encoding software is broken, or that the applications that created the video are broken. Or that the formats are "bad", "problematic" etc. The users then demand that the applications should somehow be "fixed" in order for the video to be playable in the feeble QuickTime player, and when it does not happen, they think the software authors are jerks or that the software is unusable "in the real world". But it's just Apple's fault. So until QuickTime can play things all decent (and even half-decent) players can play with no problems whatsoever, it is simply a useless player that should not be taken into account in any serious discussion about multimedia. There are good video players available for Mac OS X, just like for any other common operating system.

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