AVI versus MOV in standalones - Apple Quicktime regulations

Alex Shaw alex at harryscollar.com
Mon Oct 23 22:01:42 EDT 2006

Hi Steve

I've found saving video in the old mpeg-1 (.mpg) format works fine & is 
highly compatible because it works on older windows media player & 
quicktime versions as well (ie. pc & mac).

File sizes are not as compact as newer codecs but it also isn't as 
resource hungry on playback.

A good compressor (mac) for this is ffmpegX -> 


Luis wrote:
> Well MPEG-4 should work across the board with recent releases of QT (v7) 
> and WMP (v9).
> MPEG-2 will get you DVD quality, whereas MPEG-4 has been aimed at HDTV.
> Another option is DivX, the players for both are free and to encode DivX 
> you need DivX Pro, which is about $20, although I don't know what the 
> situation is with branding, distributing and suchlike.

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