Has anyone had success using codecs other than Windows Media Audio V2,
ACELP, and Microsoft MPEG-4v3 with the WM Format SDK?
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1. You have developed a better sounding or lower bandwidth codec that you
want to use with the excellent Windows Media platform.
2. You have a new and interesting use for the Windows Media platform.
However, to make it work you need to use a specialized or custom-designed
3. You have a snazzy content creation tool that produces just the content
you want. However, the output is not, and cannot be, based on one of the
built-in codecs. To play this content, or serve it using Windows Media
Services, you need to use the codec the application uses.
4. You don't like the Real or QuickTime platforms, and really like the
Windows Media platform, especially on a Windows 2000 server. It is a great
format, with servers that are rock solid, and a feature list that is
nice...but your hands are being tied by the refusal to add support for other
We all know that the Media Player couldn't care less what codec it is fed.
We all know it isn't a technical issue. So what is going on? You have a
better product than your competitors, but they are allowing developers to
use their technology as a platform to build compelling applications and
content. Microsoft is always a little late to the party, but makes up lost
ground by letting the gigantic 'MS platform' developer community leverage MS
technology with their own enhancements, building killer, standard setting,
This refusal to allow developers to use their own codecs is like telling web
designers that they can only use GIF or jpeg for images in any site or
application that uses Internet Explorer.
The annoying 'codec thing' is going to jump up and bite you in the ... Need
I go on? Content creators can live with these sorts of limitation, but
ultimately they are only USERS of the technology. It is the developers that
are being forced to move to other platforms to implement their ideas, which
certainly does not benefit Microsoft.
Can you guys finally DO SOMETHING about this?
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I've got another question now, that regards using the codecs themselves
bypassing the Format SDK API.
I can see there's an ASF format specification available. I'd like to
know if it's possible to use the Format SDK codecs directly without using
This is somewhat an important issue. I'd really like to have control of
what goes on, and Format SDK cares for a lot of things that messes my
performance (several threads, extensive memory allocation, concurrence
problems, timing, etc...)
Thanks for any information,