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04-07-2006, 05:52 PM

Recently I've used DD Scripts to generate popup windows from a DD Popit Menu script. And now that everything works well, I've found that some test visitors can't view the .avi files (movies) properly. Sometimes RealPlayer opens it's own window on top of the popup, and sometimes Windows Media Player launches outside the window then returns a message that the file is in the wrong format. And to some users, QuickTime gives a blank window. QT plays fine on my machine.(?)

Since I can change the Codec used to compress the file within limits, (using freeware JPGAnimation software) how do I get the DD Scripts, movie format and browsers to all come together? Is it possible to force the use of QT if that's the right choice? - or is there some DD dedicated viewer that I can embed into the page, maybe? The .avi file is generated from a series of .jpg files taken by a weather instrument camera. Should I change them into .mov files?

I'm hoping that this isn't too far off topic, but this forum is important to me, gives me goo insight into java script, useful scripts and is the only place that I go for research and code to solve my problems. I have put many hours implementing the DD scripts, and I want to make this thing all work. There are many more movie files still generate and add.

The test site is:
http://earth.engr.ccny.cuny.edu/noaa/wc/index31USA.html#8 then scroll down to Sky Image Movies and the DD Popit Menu will display a list of movies.

04-07-2006, 06:29 PM
mpeg2 is a good "universal" movie codec. Almost everything can play it.

04-07-2006, 08:05 PM
With JPGVideo, my options are:

Full Frames (uncompressed)
Cinepak Codec by Radius
Intel Indeo Video R3.2
Intel IYUV Codec
Microsoft Video 1
Intel Indeo Video 4.5
Indeo Video 5.10

Uncompressed gives me HUGE files, and I don't know which others play on what..... I like JPG Video because it can be ran from a command line so that I can set up a pgm to generate daily .bat file scripts to run automatically on the contents of a daily created directory and automate the whole process.

Do you have any suggestions? Thx......

04-07-2006, 09:55 PM
mplayer/mencoder (http://www.mplayerhq.hu/) also runs from the command line, and supports many more codecs than that.

You actually use DOS for serious tasks? :) If I were you, I'd get Cygwin (http://www.cygwin.com/) and use bash.