video convert AVI <=> wmv

Craig McLean craig at fukka.co.uk
Mon Nov 14 23:26:57 UTC 2005


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Mike Klinke wrote:
> On Monday 14 November 2005 16:24, luca porcu wrote:
>> With mencoder convert from wma to avi but not avi to wmv, wmv is
>> closed!!
> 
> I just did a little test.  Took a picture with my digital camera to 
> create a 60 second pacman.mov file and then used:
> 
> mencoder -oac pcm -ovc copy pacman.mov -o pacman.wmv
>  
> and it converted just fine to view the pacman.wmv with mplayer.  
> Perhaps mplayer/mencoder have gotten smarter lately.

I think perhaps Luca's point was more ideological than technical. He's
referring to the fact that WMV is a "closed" codec, owned by Microsoft,
and therefore evil ;-). AVI/MPEG are more "open" codecs, freely
available on many platforms.

I think that's what Luca was getting at...

C.
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