John McGowan's AVI Overview: What's New

What's New

(February 17, 2001) New URL for Indeo, now at Ligos Technology. (February 16, 2001) Add information on the Xirlink H.263 Video Codec, identified by the Microsoft Four Character Code X263. (May 1, 2000) Add information on DivX MPEG-4 Video Codecs, identified by Four Character Codes DIV3 and DIV4. (April 10, 2000) Microsoft announces Windows Media Technologies 7. (March 13, 2000) Information on the Aware Motion Wavelets Video Codec added to the AVI Overview. The Four Character Code (FOURCC) for MotionWavelets is MWV1. The FOURCC does not appear to have been registered with Microsoft as yet. (February 7, 2000) The AVI Overview is broken up into several smaller files to reduce bandwidth requirements. (January, 2000) The Virtual Dub web site has moved to: VirtualDub is now at version 1.2a (May 11, 1999) Aachen, Germany MainConcept releases Linux verson of Main Actor Video Editor. Linux is a free imlementation of the Unix operating system for the IBM PC-compatible and other platforms. (April 15, 1999) Aachen, Germany MainConcept releases Main Actove Video Editor 3.0 for Microsoft Windows 95/98 and Microsoft Windows NT 4.0. (April 13, 1999) RealNetworks acquires Xing Technology Corporation. (March 21, 1999) XAnim 2.80.1 released on March 21, 1999. XAnim is a video and animation player for the X Windows System and Unix. It includes support for AVI files. XAnim 2.80.1 contains some minor changes to XAnim 2.80.0 which was released on March 14, 1999. (March 14, 1999) XAnim 2.80.0 released on March 14, 1999. XAnim is a video and animation player for the X Windows System and Unix. It includes support for AVI files. According to the XAnim Web site: XAnim 2.80.0 is now ready for consumption. In addition to several new video codecs, the new revision also supports dynamically loadable video decompression libraries. This means you no longer need to recompile xanim each time a new video codec is released or upgraded. There are currently dll's for: Creative CYUV, Radius Cinepak, Intel Indeo 3.2, Intel Indeo 4.1, Intel Indeo 5.0, CCITT H.261 and CCITT H.263. (Feb. 2, 1999) Intel Indeo 5.10 video codec released, supersedes 5.06. (November 5, 1998) Guillaume de Bailliencourt writes: John, I'm an anonymous reader of your FAQ for years. First, congratulation for your work in this FAQ ! I've just released a software MJPEG codec and main features are : Decompress hardware M-JPEG AVI files (Rainbow Runner, DC30, ...) without the capture hardware. Win9x, WinNT, Video for Windows, ActiveMovie & DirectShow compliant. MMX and 3DNow! optimized. DirectDraw YUV accelarated output supported (YUY2 & UYVY). Most of the M-JPEG formats supported (4:2:2, 4:1:1, mjpg, dmb1, jpeg). You can download it at For me it is better than the Paradigm Matrix codec. I'll send you benchmark ... For the moment it has been tested on : Play back (decompression) : Paradigm Matrix software codec compressed AVI Files in every resolutions & compressions. Matrox Rainbow Runner AVI files in every resolutions & compressions. Miro/Pinnacle DC30 AVI files in 384 x 288 & 720x540 Fast Screen Machine II + MJPEG card AVI file in 368 x 276 AVI files created with MainActor "Software & Harware MJPEG output" AVI file converted from a 'jpeg' QuickTime file with SmartVid Compressed with my codec & played back with : Paradigm Matrix software codec Matrox Rainbow Runner Best regards, Guillaume de Bailliencourt (January 6, 1999) Radius Incorporated, the Cinepak company, renames itself Digital Origin Incorporated. (August 24, 1998) writes: Hi there, We have an H263+ avi codec and analysis tool at (August 3, 1998) David Gartner of Equilibrium writes: Equilibrium adds AVI with sound support to DeBabelizer Pro 4.5 ... **AVI Video with Sound** DeBabelizer Pro 4.5's new full AVI support enables users to batch process legacy Video for Windows files for use on most any Macintosh and Windows systems for the Web, CD-ROM or kiosk. Video for Windows (AVI) was built into Windows 95 and NT and runs only on Windows machines. Now, with a few keystrokes, DeBabelizer Pro 4.5 users can automatically optimize, convert, and compress tens, hundreds or thousands of videos to QuickTime 3.0, animated GIFs or a variety of other cross-platform video and animation formats. ... (June 6, 1998) Wolfgang Hesseler writes: Hello, Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I've released the new QuickView 2.30. It now supports a bunch of new video codecs like Motion JPEG, several audio codecs and QuickTime video codecs. Please update your FAQ. Thanks. (May 4, 1998) Microsoft plans to release first public test version of NetShow 3.0 (March 23, 1998) The AVI Overview selected as an 'Outstanding Page' by the PC Webopaedia (November 12, 1997) Microsoft has a new NetShow distribution NetShow 2.1 NetShow 2.1 adds support for RealNetworks (formerly Progressive Networks) RealVideo and RealAudio, NetShow clients for Windows 3.1, MacOS, and the Linux, Solaris, SunOS, and HP-UX versions of Unix, and TheaterServer for streaming broadcast-quality video over highbandwidth networks such as ATM and fast Ethernet. Microsoft has invested in RealNetworks within the last few months. (October 30, 1997) Wolfgang Hesseler writes about his AVI viewer for DOS: Hello, I just wanted to let you know that I've released the new QuickView 2.20. Besides supporting more hardware and MOV files it supports the QPEG codec. Please update your FAQ. Thanks. (September 8, 1997) Microsoft distributes Advanced Streaming Format (ASF) Specification for a "Public Design Review". Microsoft ASF Page (September, 1997) Lernout and Hauspie Speech Products forms a strategic partnership with and receives investment capital from Microsoft. $45 million in some reports. BT Alex Brown acted as financial advisor. Lernout and Hauspie audio codecs are used in Microsoft's NetShow product. (September, 1997) avi2mpg1 released. A Windows 95/NT console application to convert AVI to MPEG-1. (August 5, 1997) Microsoft acquires VxTreme (wavelet based streaming video) for its NetShow product line. VxTreme Inc. Intel's Indeo Video Interactive 5.0 software is now available on Intel Web site. Wolfgang Hesseler announces version 2.13 of QuickView, an AVI player for DOS (July 28, 1997) MainConcept announces version 1.1 of MainActor shareware. MainActor can convert between AVI and many video, animation, and image formats. (July 9, 1997) Marcus Moenig of MainConcept writes: John, well here comes the press release of v1.1 We now support full MPEG-I and MPEG-II without audio. So you can now convert MPEG into AVI and vice versa. I dont want to get on your nerves on what MainActor can and cannot do but we also support full Motion JPEG for AVIs. Even interlaced JPEG from Miro and FAST hardware can now be read and written by MainActor. ---End--- RAD Game Tools announces a new version of their Smacker utilities, including the ability to read and write AVI files with optimized 8 bit color palettes. (June 27, 1997) Return to Top

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