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Old 10-31-2002, 12:06 PM   #1
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Where to get a free codec to encode cut-scenes in commercial games?

Hi,

I've been thinking about how to handle cut-scenes. Movies tend to grow very big and I want to keep my game to a downloadable size.

So I thought about using a compression codec, like the infamous mpeg4 codec DivX.

The problem is that you can't sell games with DivX encoded material (says the DivX license) without paying for it.

My question: Does anyone know about a similar codec which is free to use even in commercial applications?

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Old 11-01-2002, 08:46 PM   #2
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You may check out XVID, it's an Open Source implementation of the ISO MPEG-4 video compression algorithms. Codecs are available for Win32 and Unixes, maybe Macintosh on a near future, too.


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Old 11-03-2002, 09:27 AM   #3
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I'm looking into this codec and yeah, this might just be what I was looking for!

Thanks a lot!

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Old 11-03-2002, 10:30 PM   #4
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Ooh! Maybe I'll use this to compress the movies in Cubert Badbone, P.I. and reduce its download size...
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Old 11-05-2002, 08:52 AM   #5
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Roger Foodbelly uses the Cinepak codec...


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Old 11-05-2002, 06:22 PM   #6
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Roger Foodbelly uses the Cinepak codec...
Does it cost money to use this codec in commercial projects?

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Old 11-06-2002, 04:18 AM   #7
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I don't think so, Erwin.
Since it's included with Windows....and made by Intel...

I found this article about it;

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Instead, most developers used Radius' free Cinepak codec, or Indeo, another free codec developed by Intel to provide a high quality video experience for its 486 and early Pentium computers.
or it's official site; http://www.cinepak.com/


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Old 11-06-2002, 01:34 PM   #8
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Oh wait, I believe I know about this codec.

Quality is acceptable but it doesn't compress nearly as tight as Mpeg4 codecs do.

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Old 11-07-2002, 10:52 AM   #9
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Well, either that or you have to pay for that DivX codec.
Not many people have that codec either, so it's a few flaws in it.


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Old 11-07-2002, 11:49 AM   #10
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Well, either that or you have to pay for that DivX codec.
Not many people have that codec either, so it's a few flaws in it.
That's not a flaw at all! You can install the codec during (or after) installation of the game.

The Xvid codec seems to be the best choice now, because it's mpeg4 (like DivX) and it's free

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Old 11-08-2002, 07:25 AM   #11
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Okay, thanks for mention that codec. We'll try it out!


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