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  1. I am in need of a free video converter that will let me convert WMV format videos to either Cinepak or Video 1 encoded AVIs.
    Can someone help?
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  2. VirtualDub2. But Cinepak and MS Video 1 are far outdated and slow. There are much better choices if you don't specifically require them.
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  3. Thanks! If you're wondering, I needed to convert to Cinepak or Video 1 so I could import some videos into Adobe Premiere 5.0 (which uses those formats) to make a video.
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  4. Originally Posted by kacheekfreak09 View Post
    ... Adobe Premiere 5.0 ...
    You need outdated codecs for an outdated program - great
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  5. Code:
    @setlocal
    @set FF=C:\FFmpeg
    @set PATH=%FF%;%PATH%
    
    @set filename=%~1
    
    @rem video quality settings
    
    @set vq=32
    @set fps=25/2
    
    @set vproc="pp=ac,pp=ac,pp=ac,hqdn3d=5,eq=contrast=256/220:brightness=1/512:saturation=256/224:gamma=16/16,scale=320:-4:sws_flags=spline+accurate_rnd+full_chroma_int+full_chroma_inp,minterpolate=fps=%fps%:mi_mode=mci:me_mode=bidir:me=ntss:vsbmc=1,xbr=2,scale=320:-4:sws_flags=spline+accurate_rnd+full_chroma_int+full_chroma_inp:sws_dither=2:in_range=0:out_range=2,format=pix_fmts=rgb24,pad=320:240:(ow-iw)/2:(oh-ih)/2"
    @set aproc="pan=mono|FC < 1.414FC+FR+FL+0.5BL+0.5SL+0.25LFE+0.125BR,firequalizer=gain='if(gte(f,25),0,-INF)+if(lte(f,11024),0,-INF)',dynaudnorm=p=1/sqrt(2):m=100:s=20,firequalizer=gain='if(gte(f,25),0,-INF)+if(lte(f,11024),0,-INF)',aresample=resampler=soxr:osr=22050:cutoff=0.990:dither_method=shibata"
    
    @rem ffmpeg.exe -hide_banner -v 32 -stats -y -i "%filename%" -vf %vproc% -c:v cinepak -q:v %vq% -af %aproc% -c:a pcm_s8 -f mov "%~n1_.mov"
    @ffmpeg.exe -hide_banner -v 32 -stats -y -i "%filename%" -vf %vproc% -c:v cinepak -q:v %vq% -af %aproc% -c:a pcm_u8 -f avi -dn -sn "%~n1_.avi"
    
    @endlocal
    @pause
    @exit
    It may be not best from your perspective but it should work - modified one of my scripts but not tested after modification. Framerate conversion may not work best due a way how ffmpeg perform framerate conversion - perhaps adding small motion blur may keep perceived smoothness, there is crude antialiasing but IMHO it gives decent visual results and that's why i use it almost as a mandatory for low res video.
    If you search forum there is dedicated thread to cinepak.

    Btw i doubt that you need to use cinepak or msvideo to use Adobe Premiere - for sure uncompressed video will work way better than crude lossy compressed video. Cinepak compression is last step process at the end of normal signal chain - target for computers where processor have usually less than 10MIPS.
    Last edited by pandy; 18th Aug 2018 at 07:51.
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  6. Lagarith and UT Video Codec work with VirtualDub, and I believe, Premiere. Those are much better choices for intermediate files. The old Huffyuv is also a good choice for 32 bit Windows. Cinepak sucks. MS Video 1 at its highest quality is better but will give a lot of posterization.
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    I guess the reason why Premiere 5 seems to require such outdated codecs is that only these outdated codecs are currently installed in Windows. If you install more modern VfW codecs, Premiere 5 will support them too, using the VfW interface. It just relies on Windows here.
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