Convert MSS2

Ripmax2000

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Hi, I have some training videos which are made in an MSS2 codec. They play fine in Windows, but nothing that I do can make them play on a Mac.

I have tried tools such as Handbrake to convert the file in Windows, but it doesn't accept them.

Does anyone know of a way to convert an MSS2 file? I have access to a Windows computer so can do it on there. A lot of the research I've done points to using Linux to convert, but I don't have access (or knowledge) of Linux.

Thanks.
 

Ripmax2000

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I can play them in Windows Media Player fine, didn't even need to install any codecs.

I think its the codec Microsoft use when making video captures of the screen.
 

GoreVidal

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Jesus what kind of mutant codec is this!? I get audio in VLC, but no video. I would use a video screen capture program in Windows if you can play the file back at full screen. Then convert that using MPEG Streamclip to whatever you need.
 

codymac

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You're going to have to use Windows Media Encoder on a Windows box to convert it. It's not available from MS any more (use google to find it), having been replaced by Expression Encoder (and the free version of EE won't read MSS2).

I pulled your file down and ran it through WME. It was near real time for the transcode. The output file was 182mb and required Flip4Mac to play on 10.6.8 (I could only output it as a WM9 wmv file on my system). VLC & MPlayer had issues playing it back.

If you have access to a Windows box, you're better off simply watching the videos on that very Windows box.
 
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The free version of Expression Encoder could open the .wmv file using that MSS2 codec and did its transcode (to .wmv and VC-1 codec) just fine. It took around 20 minutes on a 2.8 GHz C2D in VM using one core.
That resulting WMV file played fine in VLC Player and could also be opened in HandBrake for further transcoding.

PS: I only have Perian installed, not Flip4Mac.
 

codymac

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Well I'll be. EE wouldn't transcode the source file in my VM - threw errors every time I tried to do anything with it.
 

Ripmax2000

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The free version of Expression Encoder could open the .wmv file using that MSS2 codec and did its transcode (to .wmv and VC-1 codec) just fine. It took around 20 minutes on a 2.8 GHz C2D in VM using one core.
That resulting WMV file played fine in VLC Player and could also be opened in HandBrake for further transcoding.

PS: I only have Perian installed, not Flip4Mac.
Thanks, I'm trying with Expression Encoder 4 now. I've just got a quick question as I've not used this software before.

So first, I go to File > Import and select my file. Then I go to File > Encode and I see the clockface going round while it encodes. But where is the resulting file once it's finished? It hasn't changed the original or made a new one. Is there another step I have to take?

Thanks.
 
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Thanks, I'm trying with Expression Encoder 4 now. I've just got a quick question as I've not used this software before.

So first, I go to File > Import and select my file. Then I go to File > Encode and I see the clockface going round while it encodes. But where is the resulting file once it's finished? It hasn't changed the original or made a new one. Is there another step I have to take?

Thanks.
Click the OUTPUT tab on the right to specify an output folder. As for a specific preset for the settings, I did use the first one in the preset library (above the tabs).
 

Ripmax2000

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Thats excellent, thank you so much.

I've put all the files in there and they are encoding away. Only taking a couple of minutes per file (gave all my resources to VMWare). The resulting file went from 13.9mb to 58.5mb but thats the least of my worries.

Thanks again!!
 

AprilHare

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To those who run across this thread, both MSS1 and MSS2 codecs are now supported by VLC 2.1; enjoy!