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DirectShow H264 encoding / decoding

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  • I apologize if this is off topic, but I wanted to ask if anyone had any H264 codecs to recommend.
    I've found CoreCodec, Elecard and LEADTOOLS. Elecard seems nice and there's a 30 day evaluation to download, which I'm about to do right now.
    Does anyone have any input on the above or perhaps any other suggestions? It's a commercial application, so GPL code is out of the question.
    If there's a better forum for these kind of questions, please let me know.
    Thanks in advance.
    • Edited by mld2 Tuesday, February 16, 2010 9:33 AM Typo
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 8:46 AM

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  • You can add also Mainconcept to your list.


    Michel Roujansky, http://www.roujansky.com
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 10:59 AM
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  • Thank you! I will have a look at that one as well.
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 11:04 AM
  • Mainconcept and Elecard are the same company, just different business names used in difference countries.  They are owned by Divx now.
    www.chrisnet.net
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 3:38 PM
  • If you need a filter try one of these

    http://blog.monogram.sk/janos/directshow-filters/

    Personally I like to load the VFW api of x264 codec. It is very very effective.
    'what does (int argc, char ** argv) mean?' :) http://thebitstream.com
    Tuesday, February 16, 2010 4:41 PM
  • If you need a filter try one of these

    http://blog.monogram.sk/janos/directshow-filters/

    Personally I like to load the VFW api of x264 codec. It is very very effective.
    'what does (int argc, char ** argv) mean?' :) http://thebitstream.com

    Thanks, I've seen that one. Unfortunately, I can't use it since it's GPL and our application is closed source and commercial.
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 9:12 AM
  • why not try new Microsoft's DTV-DVD Video codec? It is free.
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    It is not included in N versions of W7 (I've seen reports about that) but I believe it can be installed with WMP12. It is called Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N and Windows 7 KN (KB968211)
    Regards,
    Kostya
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:36 PM
  • why not try new Microsoft's DTV-DVD Video Decoder? It is free.

    Regards,
    Kostya
    H.264 support is only in Win7 (Home Premium and above SKUs, not 'N' in versions, AFAIK).  I don't know what versions of Windows the OP intends to support.

    Please use Vote As Helpful (green up arrow at top-left of posts) and Mark As Answer where appropriate.
    My dshow site is http://tmhare.mvps.org.
    Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:42 PM
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  • why not try new Microsoft's DTV-DVD Video codec? It is free.
    Encoder
    It is not included in N versions of W7 (I've seen reports about that) but I believe it can be installed with WMP12. It is called Media Feature Pack for Windows 7 N and Windows 7 KN (KB968211)
    Regards,
    Kostya
    Nice, didn't know about that one. Thanks.
    As for the operating system, it's Windows XP for now and then onto Windows 7.
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 8:37 AM
  • I'm in same situation with OS. Fortunately, my project allows me to rely on W7 codec features. Anyway XP is going off. Do not start with XP if you have a choice. Licensing issues prevent us from many h264 codecs and making Microsoft solution ideal. By the way, in our conditions (Terratec H7/Denmark) Microsoft's decoder seems performing better than Terratec's bundled Cybelink AVC/H264 decoder which shows some flickering during first minutes of playback.
    Thursday, February 18, 2010 10:47 AM
  • I'm in same situation with OS. Fortunately, my project allows me to rely on W7 codec features. Anyway XP is going off. Do not start with XP if you have a choice. Licensing issues prevent us from many h264 codecs and making Microsoft solution ideal. By the way, in our conditions (Terratec H7/Denmark) Microsoft's decoder seems performing better than Terratec's bundled Cybelink AVC/H264 decoder which shows some flickering during first minutes of playback.

    Unfortunately, a playback version of our software may be installed on existing machines which we have no control over (these are not home users though).
    That's why we still have to stick with support for Windows XP, but as you said it's getting tougher to get licenses.
    When we do install the application and provide the computer for it, it's Windows 7 where possible.

    Thursday, February 18, 2010 11:51 AM
  • LOL.  No, they are not.

    Elecard is a company out of Russia.  

    MainConcept is a company that started in Germany.  They were later purchased by: Adobe, Rovi, and finally by NeuLion.

    I have used video and audio filters by both companies.  They both have their pluses and minuses, but they are most definitely NOT the same software.

    Other competing video/audio processing software companies include:

    - Nanocosmos

    - LeadTools

    - MediaLooks

    Wednesday, November 23, 2016 11:00 PM