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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Open MPI instructional videos
From: Scott Atchley (atchley_at_[hidden])
Date: 2008-06-04 09:03:40


If I remember correctly, Microsoft dropped support for .AVI 3-4 years
ago so it can no longer be played by their media player. It is also
not native to QT, so you will have to download a plugin (I have it
somewhere if you want me to look for it).

I do not know if there is a container format that all players are
happy with. My guess would be that MP4 would be the closest.

You can convert .mov to .mp4 with a free command-line app, qt_export,
which is part of qt_tools. It uses the QT libraries and can transcode
to a number of video and audio formats (including AVI if you have the
QT plugin).


On Jun 4, 2008, at 8:31 AM, Jeff Squyres wrote:

> FWIW: I tried the URL on my Mac
> and got redirected to the Quicktime plugin page. I had no idea which
> plugin would make it play AVI files, so I skipped it. I tried the URL
> on a Windows machine and Windows Media Player (i.e., what came up by
> default) seemed to play the audio just fine, but it couldn't find a
> video codec. Here's the error message that it showed:
> The codec you are missing is not available for download from this
> site.
> You might be able to find it on another site by searching the Web
> for
> "FMP4" (this is the WaveFormat or FourCC identifier of the codec).
> That being said, if we can get a format that works nicely on multiple
> platforms / is convenient for users, it would be great if you could
> convert them for me -- thanks!
> The entire web site is in a SVN repository (our mirrors just run "svn
> up" every night): The
> videos are under /video (the same directory structure of the web
> site).
> On Jun 4, 2008, at 6:13 AM, Adrian Knoth wrote:
>> On Wed, Jun 04, 2008 at 11:19:48AM +0200, Adrian Knoth wrote:
>>> People usually recommend ffmpegX for OSX. You might give it a whirl
>>> to
>>> transcode your mov to something else, let's say H.264 in an AVI
>>> container. (MP4/AVC, DivX, xvid, there are so many names for it)
>> I've checked your files, they're quite good. They are already H.264
>> and
>> AAC (advanced audio coding), the only thing wrong is the mov
>> container.
>> It's easy to repack this to avi:
>> $ mencoder -ovc copy -oac copy -o output.avi
>> I've tested it with openib-btl-tuning:
>> adi_at_chopin:/tmp$ ls -l
>> -rw-r--r-- 1 adi adi 16249094 Jun 4 11:24
>> adi_at_chopin:/tmp$ ls -l ompi-test.avi
>> -rw-r--r-- 1 adi adi 15964104 Jun 4 11:26 ompi-test.avi
>> (you can download it here: <>)
>> On the other hand, the files are way too large. The video doesn't
>> contain much inter-frame correlation, so it's a good idea to give the
>> encoder some hints:
>> adi_at_chopin:/tmp$ ls -l test*.avi
>> -rw-r--r-- 1 adi adi 36171648 Jun 4 11:47 test.avi
>> -rw-r--r-- 1 adi adi 35323842 Jun 4 11:58 testx264.avi
>> (from approx. 160MB to 35MB). The first one is MPEG4 with an MP3
>> audio
>> stream, the second is H.264. Both video encoders were forced to
>> 100kbit/s
>> and keyframes every 300 frames (not for x264):
>> $ mencoder -oac mp3lame -ovc lavc -lavcopts \
>> vbitrate=100:keyint=300 -o output.avi
>> For testing purposes, try
>> I'd like to hear if these files, especially the last one, are
>> working for
>> other users.
>> If so, I'd take care to convert the movs to avi, probably MPEG4.
>> (in that case: Jeff, you could probably give me all files in an
>> archive
>> or point to a direct download link, so I don't have to click through
>> the
>> website but just fire up the encoder in the for loop)
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