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H264 codec, the "video game" is over in Mac Os 9.

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devils_advisor:
 Elgato Turbo.264 hardware encoder for Mac OS X connects via USB 2.0 and presents itself as three QuickTime components

Protools5LEGuy:
We can still use the great UNIX/Linux video package FFMPEG on windows http://ffmpeg.zeranoe.com/builds/ inside a Microsoft Virtual PC v6  http://macos9lives.com/smforum/index.php?topic=812.0 virtual machine.

For sure the conversion time would be absurd. Compared to any native utility on any other OS than 9. Benchmarking conversion times on different OSes worth a Time for the true post, but maybe on other forum.

We can use a sorenson win app in virtual to convert these files. If someone is forced to do because he has no other tools (or desire to boot another OS), at least, there is a workaround.

Protools5LEGuy:
Please, take a look on how this MacRumor user takes advantage on his G5 to convert files to be seen on a OS9 667 Ti Powerbook .

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1859839


--- Quote ---Well I've been tinkering with my newly acquired 667 Powerbook and seeing how far I can push video under OS9.
For testing I used a couple of 720P movie trailers, MPEG Streamclip on my G5 to convert them and Quicktime Pro 6 on Mac OS9.
I found the optimum codec to be the Apple MPEG4 Compressor at 3 Mbs which surprised me as I previously thought compressed video on underpowered hardware was a no no.
I output the mpg files at 1129 X 635 (size of Quicktime window maximised) which isn't far off the magic 720P - bear in mind this is on a 667 Powerbook (no L3 cache) - I bet the higher machines can do 720P easily.
Another great thing about rendering to Apple MPEG4 is that it converts in a single pass in realtime or quicker.


I'd love to know if anyone is successful at playing 720P on OS9 and what machine? Judging by my effort I'd guess 800Mhz is the threshold?
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Also look how Zen from PowerPCLiberation uses Handbrake (Tiger-Leo) versions lower than 0.9.3 to convert DVD or H264 files to Xvid with 1500kbps+ and 2-pass. He claims perfection.

http://powerpcliberation.blogspot.ca/2013/12/xvid.html

devils_advisor:
I believe we need to start sorting that out. There are codec's for final output and codecs to work with. Divx/xvid are final output, mpeg's the same. These codecs are harder to work with.

MacTron:

--- Quote from: Protools5LEGuy on April 15, 2015, 09:48:03 AM ---Also look how Zen from PowerPCLiberation uses Handbrake (Tiger-Leo) versions lower than 0.9.3 to convert DVD or H264 files to Xvid with 1500kbps+ and 2-pass. He claims perfection.

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Yes, I have done the same but using FFMPEG on Debian Linux to convert H264 to Divx and test it at 1080p in Mac Os 9 ...
But using other Operating Systems isn't a solution for the lack of H264  in Mac Os 9.

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