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groundj

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I have created a mpeg movie for a business promo. When I make it into a cd it can be read on some pc's and not others. It appears that the user doesn't have the right codecs. How can I create the cd so that when I send it out to prospective clients I can be assured that they can all watch the movie.
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Hi and welcome. You can't, at least I don't think so. Your individual users need to install the correct codecs......
 

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Then they should be able to play it anyway as Windows Media player comes with the operating system....unless I'm way off base and simply missing something here. Do your users have WMP working otherwise?
 

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They do but I think that they haven't upgraded their version. As I want to send the cd as a promotional video tool, I need to be able to have as many clients as possible be able to open it as simply as possible....????? Any thoughts Wonderwoman?
 

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Well, I guess you could load the newest version of WMP onto your cd :) I, myself am running an older version and I refuse to update as they keep loading more and more crap every time they update it ;)

I think my version is till 6.4 :eek:
 

groundj

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Thanks,
I'm using autorun from typhoon to create the start-up, I tried to include WMP in the autirun. But when I tested it it said that my movie was missing an element to view it. Yet when I tried to watch the movie off of the desktop it played fine. What files would I have to attach to WMP. Or is just the player enough.
I really appreciate all of your input.
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Ross
 

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Did it say which element?

I'm stepping outside of my usual hardware area here, so hopefully others will have some better ideas for you.
 
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I'm not familiar with Typhoon, but does the auto-run options have the ability to automatically insert the codecs into the file?

Its tough to rely to on someone's PC for the correct player and codecs... (even if the player can send requests for codecs through the firewall) Some PCs just don't have the main players (windows Media, Real, and Quicktime)

Your best bet is get a stand alone player(ie: instead of relying on the foreigns PCs software... you ship the video and player together in one package) ... We have one here at our office that works great and I believe the 30 day free trial gives full functionality.

In a nutshell the program takes the player, the codecs, and the video and compresses into one .exe file. When the user plays the exe file (which can be set to autorun when burn it to CD) the program runs in its own player with codecs already there....

The one we use here is called Camtasia
http://www.techsmith.com/products/studio/default.asp

You should be able to just insert your current video & audio into the program... select your codecs... and let everyone run it as an .exe.

Good luck,
G
 
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