Friday, September 14, 2012

Open proprietary or corrupted video files

Amped Software just announced two new features contained in their latest update to AmpedFive.

File>DVR Change Container to Avi - " ... we discovered that we are able to change the container of a proprietary video file to avi and without any transcoding (meaning loss of quality) and then able to open it in Five with our standard video engines. It works only with some proprietary formats, I dare say in roughly 20-30% of cases, but in those situations this can really saves a lot of time and headaches ..." I was able to change a native Bosch file using this method. It's a cool addition to the program. In my tests, it was able to correctly process .264 files from Clover, Q-See, and Swann DVRs (really popular out here in SoCal) and work with them in FIVE.

File>DVR Convert to Uncompressed Avi - " ... We’ve worked hard to create a video decoding engine able to precisely seek frame by frame; which can be another problem with proprietary codec files. This can help with the amount of different and often non-standard compliant video formats where the frame rate is unstable. In these type of files, where the codec has bugs or is mildly corrupted (like many el cheapo DVR brands seem to produce) the seek may have major issues or won’t work at all. This tool works in a similar way to the previous one, but converts any supported format to a raw uncompressed avi. This means that the output video file will be decoded very easily by any software with no need for any codec, and the frame-by-frame seek will be always perfect ..."

Can I just say that it's refreshing to see a vendor working on the needs of image and video analysts in real time - not on an 18 month sales cycle. Users submit ideas and issues, like George asking about the Channel Mixer, and Amped responds.


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