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How do I find out if a video converter app converts only non-streaming video or streaming video as well?
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February 27, 2010
2:54 AM
Ramesh Kumar
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I do read the developer's comments & user comments. I sense there are perhaps 3 categories of video converter apps. Maybe I am wrong. May be there are either more or lesser varieties than just these 3. In any case I'd be grateful if someone can tell me which apps convert:-

1) Only non-streaming video

2) Only streaming video

3) Both non-streaming video & streaming video

  • Am I right in my understanding that "streaming video conversion capability" is "always" faster & also "always" offers superior output quality versus "non-streaming video conversion capability"?
  • Am I right that is because – Every video file contains a "file format" & also a "file container". Streaming conversion is superior in the two ways I indicated because it is able to change "file container" without having to change "file format"?
  • How do I make out which type of video converter app it is – non-streaming, streaming or both?

Thanks in eager anticipation of forthcoming help

RameshSmile

February 28, 2010
4:27 AM
Ramesh Kumar
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Yikes! Cry

This question beats me. Is there no one who can help? Ahoy! Anybody there? Surprised

RameshSmile

February 28, 2010
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I think the best you can usually do is to use one of the standalone or browser plugins to save the streaming video to a file.  And then use a converter on it.  But I don't know which are best in this regard.

If you got the SWF Decompiler from a recent GOTD you could try using that on it (after saving the stream) and see if you can get the video out of it without having to convert it.  But I'm not sure if that would work or not.

February 28, 2010
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karen said:

I think the best you can usually do is to use one of the standalone or browser plugins to save the streaming video to a file.  And then use a converter on it.  But I don't know which are best in this regard.

If you got the SWF Decompiler from a recent GOTD you could try using that on it (after saving the stream) and see if you can get the video out of it without having to convert it.  But I'm not sure if that would work or not.


 

Hi Karen!Smile
Thanks. There is I think a nice nugget tucked inside your reply. Anyway I notice your replies are never nuggetless – that's why they are always helpful. Let me focus only on that nugget.

You seem to suggest that it is "always better" to convert "after saving the stream" "rather than to convert simultaneously while streaming".

Friend is it because the former is technically the better thing to do?

RameshSmile

 

February 28, 2010
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karen said:

If you got the SWF Decompiler from a recent GOTD you could try using that on it (after saving the stream) and see if you can get the video out of it without having to convert it.


 

@Karen Smile 

@Ashraf Smile

Any other dottechie Smile

I know only the concept but not the example as far as this point is concerned. Drat! Cry

Only codec determines whether an app can convert a video  "on-the-fly" or "only-after-it-is-saved". Codec recognition or Codec spotting could tell us if that app is capable of providing streaming conversion or not. Mercifully the number of codecs are less than around 10 or so. Many codecs are also open source code.

Could someone categorize codecs along this parameter so that once & for all this question would stand answered? If not  all 10 codecs at least some of them. Then we dottechies can choose apps also bearing in mind what codecs those apps contain – thereby being able to make out if streaming conversion is being offered or not

RameshSmile

March 1, 2010
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No clue, unfortunately …

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