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New topic idea - digital movie files

by Evie-ness / November 16, 2006 7:44 AM PST

Hi

I thought it would be good to discuss all the various movie types, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, wmv etc. My reasoning is that everyone seems to have a good understanding of mp3, wav, aac etc, but (to me at least) movies seem to be a whole new level of complexity. A few questions you could answer for me if you decide to use this topic:

What is H.264?
How do I get my dvds onto my computer (and why is this illegal?)
What are the best compression formats to use, and why?
What are some of the ways I can stream the movies to my tv?
How do I save videos off youtube type services (can this be done?)
What are the best formats for portable players in general?

Great podcast, keep up the good work Tom

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