Introducing the Software Portal

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August 3, 2008 at 12:37 am #398132
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Halo123217

i’m looking for program hmmmmm

February 8, 2009 at 5:45 pm #405724
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fefobrick

This is a fantastic addition to brickfilms.
A lot of people will now,
be able to choose good software in no time.

But what about the video codex, audio codex, multimedia container and such?

They are also very important because they will dictate what public will be able to watch movies and what features brickfilmers can put in their movie file
(e.g. subtitles, choice of codex’s, …)

And there should also be mentioned what containers and codex’s are free (as in beer free: don’t having to pay any money and free as in freedom like freedom of speech),
have open specifications and which are not.

Windows Media (with Microsoft’s codex’s and stuff), Apple’s Mov ( with Apple’s codex’s and stuff),
RealMedia (with RealVideo and RealAudio and other
RealNetworks stuff) are NOT !

I’m talking the whole package, not just the container
but the multimedia solutions with the most native,
familiar codex’s and other stuff.

Because they are all very restrictive:
Windows Media works best with Windows and not on Mac or Linux,
Mov works only very good on Mac and
RealMedia is a pain in the ass to get a good codex pack for.

Now about an unmentioned family of multimedia stuff:

ogg family:
.ogx (everything), .ogv (video), .oga (audio only)

(with video codex’s: Theora, Dirac and audio codex’s: vorbis, flac, MIDI, speex and a few other common things like images: mng, png, jpg>jng and subtitles: Kate, oggtext and other stuff, don’t believe me?
Here’s a link to check all of it:
(It’s also posted because new stuff can be added
because it is still being extended to be able to do more
than it can already.)
http://wiki.xiph.org/index.php/MIMETypesCodecs

It is free, has open specifications and has a huge, tremendous feature set!
(great variety of codex to choose, …, subtitles)
Unfortunately most of it isn’t yet implemented in video players and editors.
It will take some time (read: months to years)
before most stuff function flawless in media players and video editors.
And therefor will be good enough for production.
It is encouraged to try them out with the tools that are already built for it, feel free to experiment with it.

WARNING: The biggest downside about ogg is that it is quite new. A lot of functionality, specifications and codex’ s are very recent and most software doesn’t supports it very well at moment of writing (februari 2009).
(Bit stream skeleton changes in 2008, so software has to be adjusted, rewritten a little to be able to use the new structures.)
This container and codex’s are by no means useless or dead.
The people who maintain it provide support and develop new stuff, new features and or codex’s can be added, developed. Or specification problems fixed.
They are now working on getting yuv4mpeg and PCM in their reference implementation and other stuff right now!

(The most important part about software is that there is someone who supports it.
When there is a problem with it.
e.g. bug in reference encoder, decoder
That someone can look into it otherwise you’re lost.)

February 8, 2009 at 7:21 pm #405737
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The Doctor

Windows Media, Apple’s Mov, RealMedia are NOT !!
Because they are all very restrictive: Windows Media works best with Windows and not on Mac or Linux, Mov works only very good on Mac and RealMedia is a pain in the ass to get a good codex pack for.

Those aren’t codex. .Mov and such are just file types.

Things like Divx are codex.

Hope this helped.

February 9, 2009 at 5:27 pm #405820
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fefobrick

“The Doctor” wrote:

Windows Media, Apple’s Mov, RealMedia are NOT !!
Because they are all very restrictive: Windows Media works best with Windows and not on Mac or Linux, Mov works only very good on Mac and RealMedia is a pain in the ass to get a good codex pack for.

Those aren’t codex. .Mov and such are just file types.

Things like Divx are codex.

Hope this helped.

I am talking about multimedia solutions where containers and codex’s are all part of a single multimedia solution.
e.g. Windows Media consist of the wmv and wma container with the wmv9 codex and the wma codex and some other stuff for e.g. metadata and other stuff.

Apple, Microsoft and RealNetworks try to make only their codex’s work with their own container to trap customers.
There for there isn’t much use by threating, seeing those things separately.
For things like the matroska container (everything is possible, usable to put in) it has use and also for people who generally don’t know the difference. It’s best to say it so I’ve added that to my previous post.

February 10, 2009 at 5:51 pm #405900
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fefobrick

I get a 404 every time.
First time just waited a day and tried again but it’s now like four days that I get a 404 :evil .
What’s going on with the Software Portal ?

February 12, 2009 at 12:28 am #405991
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badgerboy

The Portal is part of the Wiki, which is down. The status of the Wiki is unknown, so who knows if it will come back.

May 16, 2009 at 5:32 pm #408602
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brenden17

“badgerboy” wrote: The Portal is part of the Wiki, which is down. The status of the Wiki is unknown, so who knows if it will come back.

:cry:

May 16, 2009 at 8:19 pm #408604
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HeAndHimStudios

I know it’s sad, we really do need the wiki, it was one of the great things of thi site. What happened to ir anyways?

December 28, 2009 at 5:33 pm #411058
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minifig123

hey do you guys know of any animation effects software that is FREE :o and SAFE :mischief for my PC

April 17, 2010 at 1:16 am #411946
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Llamasrockz

http://www.brickfilms.com/wiki/index.ph … l:Software

Not Found

D: :shake

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