What file format is best for Windows Media Player?

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  1. yoak macrumors 65816

    yoak

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    What file format for Windows Media Player?
    Hi
    I have a client that want´s a "full" resolution copy of the film I made him.
    (Originally shot 720P 50, edited in Final Cut)
    He wants to put the fil on DVD´s to pass on to sponsors and he wants the file to be able to play in Windows Media Player.

    What is the best file format to give him?

    I also have the possibility to use Adobe Media Encoder as well as Compressor and ffmpeg .

    Thanks
     
  2. arjen92 macrumors 65816

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    as most computers aren't really that updated I would make it a .wmv file. windows media player probably won't read much else (unless it's has the right codecs, but you need to download them, which most of computers don't know how to do).

    Else you could make it to quicktime using H.264 and provide a copy of the VLC player installer on it. VLC eats everything. And does it more efficiently.

    For the rest I can't help you. I think that there are other guys that know better which format to use.
     
  3. Peace macrumors Core

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    *.wmv would be your best bet considering all the different versions of Windows out there.
     
  4. yoak thread starter macrumors 65816

    yoak

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    Thanks, that´s what I feared.
    I don´t have any encoder that can make .wmv files (as far as I know)
    I would have to buy flip4mac or similar, and the HD version is $179 which I really don´t feel like buying just for this.

    The VLC route is not a bad idea. I use VLC all the time and I´m quite happy with it (it does crash too often, specially when fast forwarding)

    I could just make a folder with the H.264 file AND VLC vor windows on it.

    Thanks
     
  5. ftaok macrumors 603

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    Is putting VLC on a "commercial" DVD like that even allowed under VLC's terms of service? You might have to get permission from the VLC guys ... or maybe just put a URL in a readme file.

    ft
     
  6. yoak thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I have to look into that. It would be less than 10 DVDs and used only as a thank you to sponsors, but you never know.
     

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