Not necessarily the best technically, but the best practically.
The context for this question is that here on our corporate network,
Windows 2000 is standard, as is Windows media for streaming video. I
once configured xine on this Linux box to play a WMV stream, which was a
major ordeal, and mplayer to do it as well, which was a moderate ordeal
and never did get working right except on the command line.
The point being, I have just been asked by someone in the educational
department what media format would be a good one for compatibility with
both Windows and Linux machines, and perhaps other UNIXes and even Apples.
I figured that might be Real media. Note, I am *not* inclined for
against open-source vs. proprietary formats, my only desire is for
cross-platform compatibility, as well as something that is presentable
to corporate IT types who are unlikely to take something seriously
unless it works not only well, but without tremendous fuss.
Any recommendations would be appreciated. I'm not much of a media user,
so I'm out of my league here which is why I'm asking.
Also, what is the situation with Real media? I noticed on their web
site a new player that can play Windows media. I would prefer to
encourage my company to use something other than Windows media in
general, but backward compatibility might be a selling point.
But of greater interest is that in the past I had read some articles
about Real Networks moving to open-source some of their products, and
I'm wondering what the status or implications of this is/are?
Thanks for comments.
Christopher R. Carlen
Principal Laser/Optical Technologist
Sandia National Laboratories CA USA