AVI versus MOV in standalones - Apple Quicktime regulations

Dan Shafer revolutionary.dan at gmail.com
Mon Oct 23 17:23:03 EDT 2006

I've been studying this question as well for some time and I keep coming to
different conclusions depending on which multimedia guru I've consulted most
recently. :-)

The most recent input I got said, "Why don't you just encode in mp3 and let
the system figure out what's the best app for displaying your movie, thus
avoiding all the proprietary garbage?" Since I didn't have an answer to that
one, and since the guy who asked it isn't someone I know other than by rep,
I just sort of punted.

But now that the question is on the table, can someone here who knows this
stuff answer that question?

On 10/23/06, Bill Marriott <wjm at wjm.org> wrote:
> Steve,
> > Can all of this be avoided, including the necessity of including the
> > Quicktime
> > installer, by making the Windows version of the standalones using AVI
> > format?
> > Do all Windows computers come with AVI reading capabilities
> preinstalled?
> > Would there be any drawback to using AVI rather than MOV format?
> Thanks.
> This are great questions. All Windows computers come with the ability to
> play AVI files (at least, outside of Rev). This article lists the default
> codecs installed:
> http://support.microsoft.com/kb/899113
> Windows Media player will automatically download [certain supported]
> codecs
> as required, but I don't think embedded AVIs (in Rev stacks) have this
> ability.
> I don't think there's any drawback to using AVI on Windows except for the
> extra coding involved.
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