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    I was trying to make sense of the codecs stuff from the microsoft site, and I got this:

    Windows Media Video 9 VCM Codec Installation Package

    To enable the playback of Windows Media Video 9 in Windows Media Player 6.4, the Windows Media 9 Series VCM Codec Installation Package should be installed by individuals or by network administrators.

    638 KB 3 minutes @ 28.8 kb
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    and this:

    This Video Compression Manager (VCM) based version of the Windows Media Video 9 encoder/decoder will enable legacy encoding and editing applications to support the Windows Media Video 9 codec in file containers such as AVI. The package also enables Windows Media Video 9 to be played back in Windows Media Player 6.4

    The Windows Media Audio and Video 9 Series codecs offer the best experience when delivered using the ASF file container. To offer the flexibility our customers have asked for, new licensing terms allow for these codecs to be used in other file containers as well.

    Once installed, legacy solutions will automatically be able to use the codec via the VCM interface. The VCM includes a property page so that users can set encoding parameters.

    But I'm still not sure if I'm allowed to distribute the codecs or not or more importantly, how to distribute codecs.

    I know I can check (or at least I think I know how to check) if the user doesn't have a high enough version of Media Player I can ask them to go download it, but I'd really like to put it on the disk, especially if it's only 638K!

    Anyone have any wind of knowledge to diffuse the fog of ignorance that is currently surrounding me?

    If you can read this, i have yet to write a witty and imaginative signature.... sorry...

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    Re: Microsoft Media Player codecs, from their site

    Yea, I know what you mean. I would suggest browsing the microsoft.public.windowsmedia, microsoft.public.windowsmedia.encoder, microsoft.public.windowsmedia.player, & newsgroups. More stuff than you will ever want to know. Use the news server (12 month retention). There is an MS employee that hangs out there and has a Windows Media info page somewhere... ahh, here it is,



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      Re: Microsoft Media Player codecs, from their site

      Great resources Terry, thanks for the links...

      Corey Milner
      Creative Director, Indigo Rose Software