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 Converting .264 to something playable in most video software.
johnny_dot_exe  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 11:59:36 AM
Got a call from a family friend that owns a little store in town and apparently her cameras caught a shoplifter and she needs the .264 video converted so the police can view it. I doubt the LEOs will want to get VLC and make this easier for me, so I'll have to convert this file. I know next to nothing about video editing/encoding/etc, so I'm not really sure what convertor to use or how to find out exactly what kind of .264 file I'm working with(don't have the file yet). I'm assuming there is no audio, and I do not know the brand/model of her video camera setup.

I figured I should convert it to avi as that's a common video filetype that is recognized and playable in most video software.

Any suggestions?
TurboniumOxide  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 12:46:59 PM
There are free converters such as SUPER and handbrake. Just load it up and save to avi or mpeg2 and burn a dvd. Should be trivial.

H.264 is common nowadays.
johnny_dot_exe  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 12:56:09 PM
After posting this thread I found XviD4PSP which seems to be a favorite freeware convertor mentioned a lot on the video forums, so I may give this one a try. Still waiting to find out how big this 264 file is and if she can get it to a disc for me so I can do this conversion on my rig rather than her laptop. I believe the camera setup is one of those 4x camera DVR kits.
NimmerMehr  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 1:33:21 PM
Small town LEOs don't know any large town LEOs with LEO geeks who can do this? 264 is pretty standard. Send it to Abby at ncis. It will be done in 10 minutes. Don't forget the caf-pow.

Edit: I always use ffmpeg, it is command line but very powerful.
What format do the cops need?

I'm wondering if dvdstyler can't burn the feed directly to disc, with interactive menus and all.

Edit: umm. what about rules of evidence?
johnny_dot_exe  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 2:00:40 PM

Originally Posted By NimmerMehr:
Small town LEOs don't know any large town LEOs with LEO geeks who can do this? 264 is pretty standard. Send it to Abby at ncis. It will be done in 10 minutes. Don't forget the caf-pow.

Edit: I always use ffmpeg, it is command line but very powerful.
What format do the cops need?

I'm wondering if dvdstyler can't burn the feed directly to disc, with interactive menus and all.

Edit: umm. what about rules of evidence?

That's what I'm wondering. I'm gonna have her ask the officer handling the report. May also have her tell them to fuckin' download VLC on one of the station rigs so I don't have to screw around with converting it to whatever format they want which I sure they won't even know.
501st  [Member]
1/14/2012 2:24:54 PM
Originally Posted By johnny_dot_exe:
Got a call from a family friend that owns a little store in town and apparently her cameras caught a shoplifter and she needs the .264 video converted so the police can view it. I doubt the LEOs will want to get VLC and make this easier for me, so I'll have to convert this file. I know next to nothing about video editing/encoding/etc, so I'm not really sure what convertor to use or how to find out exactly what kind of .264 file I'm working with(don't have the file yet). I'm assuming there is no audio, and I do not know the brand/model of her video camera setup.

I figured I should convert it to avi as that's a common video filetype that is recognized and playable in most video software.

Any suggestions?


Just download vlc portable on a flash drive and use it to play back the video. Better than converting it which can decrease the quality.

http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/vlc_portable
johnny_dot_exe  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 2:37:31 PM

Originally Posted By 501st:
Originally Posted By johnny_dot_exe:
Got a call from a family friend that owns a little store in town and apparently her cameras caught a shoplifter and she needs the .264 video converted so the police can view it. I doubt the LEOs will want to get VLC and make this easier for me, so I'll have to convert this file. I know next to nothing about video editing/encoding/etc, so I'm not really sure what convertor to use or how to find out exactly what kind of .264 file I'm working with(don't have the file yet). I'm assuming there is no audio, and I do not know the brand/model of her video camera setup.

I figured I should convert it to avi as that's a common video filetype that is recognized and playable in most video software.

Any suggestions?


Just download vlc portable on a flash drive and use it to play back the video. Better than converting it which can decrease the quality.

http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/vlc_portable

From what I understand, they want a copy of this video that they can play on their computers and/or view it during the court hearing if there is one. If they wanted to just view it to confirm anything they could do that at the store. This is why it has to be converted and I doubt they'll be swayed in to installing new software on their computers since I'm sure they don't really know me.
RyJones  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 2:48:41 PM
VLC does a bang-up job of conversion. Media, convert/save, add the file.

Then again, Windows Movie Maker does just fine, too.
501st  [Member]
1/14/2012 8:22:42 PM
Originally Posted By johnny_dot_exe:

Originally Posted By 501st:
Originally Posted By johnny_dot_exe:
Got a call from a family friend that owns a little store in town and apparently her cameras caught a shoplifter and she needs the .264 video converted so the police can view it. I doubt the LEOs will want to get VLC and make this easier for me, so I'll have to convert this file. I know next to nothing about video editing/encoding/etc, so I'm not really sure what convertor to use or how to find out exactly what kind of .264 file I'm working with(don't have the file yet). I'm assuming there is no audio, and I do not know the brand/model of her video camera setup.

I figured I should convert it to avi as that's a common video filetype that is recognized and playable in most video software.

Any suggestions?


Just download vlc portable on a flash drive and use it to play back the video. Better than converting it which can decrease the quality.

http://portableapps.com/apps/music_video/vlc_portable

From what I understand, they want a copy of this video that they can play on their computers and/or view it during the court hearing if there is one. If they wanted to just view it to confirm anything they could do that at the store. This is why it has to be converted and I doubt they'll be swayed in to installing new software on their computers since I'm sure they don't really know me.



That's the thing, you aren't installing anything on their computers. The program is just running off the flash drive and can be used on any windows pc. Hell if they are so paranoid about it, they can d/l the software from the website and stick it on one of their usb drives themselves. Doing this is a lot better than risking detail loss for a poor conversion.

If they can't do that then they are just being unreasonable.

I don't even know what the issue is, Windows media player 12 which comes standard with windows 7 natively plays back h.264


rxdawg  [Team Member]
1/14/2012 9:27:46 PM
MPEG Streamclip is useful for stuff like that. Quick, easy and free.
TheGrayMan  [Life Member]
1/14/2012 9:35:05 PM
I use applian... but it's a paid app