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Learning VirtualDub: The Complete Guide to Capturing, Processing and Encoding Digital Video by Georgios Diamantopoulos, Sohail Salehi

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Adding Codecs

Before you go ahead and buy any of the listed commercial codecs, you should try their evaluation versions and compare them with the free ones. Most vendors allow 30 days of encoding time or a limited number of encodings, so you should be able to encode a few of your videos. If you are not satisfied with the output or you feel that the free codecs serve you better, go with your instinct—there is nothing to guarantee that commercial software will be better than free software! A lot of the time, free software gives highly priced software a hard run for money: VirtualDub is a perfect example—it’s the king of video-processing applications in its range.

Codecs will often come with an installer, in which case installation is trivial. Double-click ...

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