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Best codec to use with VirtualDub and HD video?

post #1 of 5
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I received my Canon HF100 and Sony Vegas yesterday and have just started experimenting with them. I'm very pleased with the HF100, but now my attention is focused on the post-processing phase. Vegas seems to work well for joining clips together, and other editing functions, but for other processing work (Filtering, NeatVideo, Deshaker, etc.) I prefer to use VirtualDub. So, I'm trying to find the best intermediate codec that supports HD video, doesn't take huge amounts of disk space, but degrades the video as little as possible through generations of loading and saving.

So far DivX seems to work well, and actually produces smaller files than the equivalent MPEG2 files. But I can't help but wonder how much quality is being lost using DivX as an intermediate codec.

The Cineform HDV codec seems ideal, but at 300 dollars no thank you...

Is there a codec that supports 1920x1080, 1440x1080, and 1280x720 with minimal quality loss, that is usable in a variety of Windows applications?

Thanks,

Anthony
post #2 of 5
x264. (fast h264 encoder0

If you download ffdshow latest nightly build you can find it.
It is part of ffdshow, you can select it in Virtualdub. it is similar to xvid but more efficient.
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Thanks for the recommendation. I'll give it a try.

Anthony
post #4 of 5
I installed x264 and it looked good but crashed and was too slow for me. HuffyUV is much faster and is lossless so the files are big. So far it's my fav. ffdshow also uses Huffy but the decoder info is buried. It works well.biggrin.gif
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DNxHD ? I believe that you will need to frameserve it.
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