Re: [videoblogging] formats

Lucas Gonze wrote:

> This is a general comment for the sake of starting a conversation about
> file formats.
>
> There are four, WMV, mpeg, Real and mov. The three proprietary formats
> have limited support outside of their dedicated rendering tools, WMP for
> WMV, Real for Real, QuickTime for mov. mpeg is supported by all video
> renderers as far as I know.
>
> I don't know enough to compare video quality and compression.
>
> Open standards are a very good thing for bloggish collaboration. My guess
> is that mpeg video is more likely to be watched than any of the other
> formats, and more likely to lead to a healthy collaborative environment.

I agree. MPEG-4 is the way to go, plus it is likely to be the default
format for the coming wave of cheap networked tapeless camcorders. Also
from a syndication/content management point of view it has superior
metadata support.

> Real is the format I've used the most. In my experience, SMIL support is
> Real's edge. Real's video format is nothing special.

There is a fully open source SMIL player now:
http://www.cwi.nl/projects/Ambulant/distPlayer.html

It's pretty exciting that open multimedia standards seems to be
gathering momentum: SVG, SMIL, MPEG-4… I hope to soon see the day when
someone can throw together a video production app as quickly as hackers
roll their own blogging tools today.

Ryan