Video Codecs

Subject: Video Codecs
From: "Johnson, Tom" <TJohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 15 Mar 2006 12:46:29 -0500

Here's a question for those who work with video. Is there a way to find out what codec was used to render a video file? We had a co-op student that spent considerable time trying different codecs and file formats to produce videos last summer. I'm not able to find any notes or record of what he finally picked that worked the best for us. He picked one that rendered reliably (doesn't crash the computer halfway through), didn't take an inordinate amount of time (30 minutes to render 1 minute of video is not acceptable for my needs), looked reasonably well (we're not talking broadcast quality, but better than most streaming video), and didn't take up huge amounts of disk space (we easily place 30 minutes of video on a CD).

I'm looking for something like a utility that could look at a file and identify the codec used to render it. Any suggestions?

If it matters, I'm using Pinnacle Studio Ver. 9 and we used WMV as the file format.


Tom Johnson
Technical Writer
tjohnson -at- starcutter -dot- com

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