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Discussion in 'Dreamcast' started by only chosen one, Apr 2, 2002.

  1. only chosen one

    only chosen one New Member

    Can a dream cast play movies and if so what kind of file does it play?(.avi, .mov., etc.)
  2. ExCyber

    ExCyber Staff Member

    The Dreamcast itself is just a computer. It can only play the movie types that a program can play. As far as I know, programs exist to play the following media types:


    Ogg Vorbis

    MPEG-1 / Video CD

    DivX (the MPEG-4 based video codec, not the crappy crippled DVD format from Circuit City)

    A .avi file is not actually any particular type of stream, it's just a standardized format for describing the streams it contains. Thus a .avi could contain MPEG-1, DivX, Indeo, Cinepak, Truemotion, or a bunch of others.
  3. MasterAkumaMatata

    MasterAkumaMatata Staff Member

    ExCyber, you forgot to mention Sofdec (*.SFD), the most commonly used in DC games AFAIK ;). It's similar to MPEG-1 in that the audio component used is ADX instead of MPEG-1 Audio Layer II. In most DC games, the bitrate of the video component is much higher than that of a standard MPEG-1 / Video CD; I've seen video bitrates as high as 3.2 Mbps or even 6.4 Mbps (IIRC).

    (Edited by MasterAkumaMatata at 8:12 pm on April 2, 2002)
  4. Gear

    Gear New Member

    Why do you bother replying to someone who says "dream cast"?
  5. cheeseball322

    cheeseball322 New Member

    You mentioned it, but I don't think anyone said that the Dreamcast can play .avi with


    (Edited by cheeseball322 at 9:42 pm on April 2, 2002)
  6. Curtis

    Curtis Member

    Like ExCyber said, .avi is not a fixed compression standard, and so can in fact include MPEG compressed data. Gyplay wil only play avi if the data inside the avi file is MPEG-1.

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