Is anyone aware of an enterprise-grade MPEG2 codec that is legal and capable of being repackaged and deployed? My director wants our users to be able to view MPEG2-encoded video on our company intranet. I've been tasked with finding a codec that is A> preferably free B> entirely legal and C> deployable. I've been running into a significant amount of trouble finding something that fits our needs. I've even investigated commercial products (PowerDVD) but research on here leads me to believe that isn't a solution that can easily be deployed.

Does anyone here have any experience or advice for me? I've been googling this for a couple days, but haven't found anyone who has attempted to do this at the enterprise-level.

Thanks in advance...
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It would be worth checking out the following link:

http://www.free-codecs.com/

Look for the codecs there just ensure you read the license agreements, some may charge companies that make profits.
Answered 09/25/2007 by: Inabus
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Thanks! I have actually come across this site before, but I question the legality of many of the codecs available. Perhaps I'll revisit this with our legal department. Interestingly, we're a non-profit organization - so perhaps that will aid us in finding a more commercial/supported product.
Answered 09/25/2007 by: mmcampbe
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Hi Max,
what about VLC?
It can play unprotected DVD's
See: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/
Another one would be MPlayer.
See: http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/projects.html#windows
Regards, Nick
Answered 09/25/2007 by: nheim
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I appreciate the suggestions of 3rd party media players. Unfortunately, this deployment would cover 4000+ workstations, so I don't believe a 3rd party player is feasible. Then we run into issues of security, support, and training. I'm looking for a cut-and-dry codec for WMP so the user experience is a familiar one.
Answered 09/26/2007 by: mmcampbe
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Hi Max,
are you sure, what you are talking about?
It's not relevant, which DVD player SW you are installing.
All of them install a MPEG2 codec into the OS, which can then be used by all the player SW, which is capable of it.
That means: Install PowerDVD, VLC, MPlayer or Elcard and you are able to play a DVD or MPEG2 stream in Windows Media Player.
The difference: Only the commercial products can also play protected DVD's.
Another very good one: http://www.elecard.com/products/products-pc/consumer/mpeg2-decoder-plugin/

If you don't want an other player on your start menu, remove the link or go for a codec only solution.

Regards, Nick
Answered 09/26/2007 by: nheim
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Sorry nheim, thats not always the case. MPlayer has its own codecs.

http://www.mplayerhq.hu/design7/dload.html#binary_codecs
Answered 09/26/2007 by: FrankSpierings
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I'm relatively sure I know what I'm talking about :)

I understand that many 3rd party players install codecs that allow MPEG2 playback inside WMP as well. However, because of tight government security regulations, we are prohibited to install many 3rd party applications without a service contract from their vendor, including maintenance agreements, etc. It's more a complication of red tape, rather than a technical issue.

So I'm looking for the codec-only solution, you're correct. I'll look into the one from Elecard.

I appreciate the assistance!
Answered 09/26/2007 by: mmcampbe
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