How can I view video encoded in the MainConcept codec without purchasing their decoder.

Posted on 2011-09-21
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hello everyone.

We have obtained a file saved from a “H.264 Network DVR”. We are now having an extremely difficult time viewing the video because of the “MainConcept AVC/H.264 Video Decoder” codec used. The video is saved with a “.264” extension. We have tried opening the video in VLAN player and CyberLink DVD PLayer and have installed several commonly available codecs with no success.

The video will play in Windows Media Player on one computer successfully, and will list the codec, but cannot get to play on any other machine. Unless, that is, we install the MediaConcept Showcase (demo), which will play the file with a watermark.

Any idea where we could obtain the software to view these video files, preferrably for free?
Question by:Hamptonite
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Expert Comment

ID: 36575109
Hello Hamptonite,

I believe you need to install "FFDShow" on the other machines to view this video in Windows Media Player.

Download FFDShow from Here
Install Downloaded FFD Show Program
Make sure you selected the H.264 option during program setup and disable those extensions which you do not wish to encode with FFDShow

Alternatively, you could always convert the file you have into another format like .AVI for example.
I advise you use the free version of DivXtoDVD.

Author Comment

ID: 36575395
I have installed ffdShow, Windows Essentials Codec Pack, as well CCCP - Combined Community Codec Pack and was unable to play the video. I would imagine I would need the MedaConcept codec to convert the video as well. Perhaps I can get you a sample video when the people with the DVR reopen.

Expert Comment

ID: 36575609
As another alternativem I would suggest you do the following :

Open windows media player on the machine where the .264 plays fine.
On the menu bar, right click then select "Help" in the menu and choose "About Windows Media Player".
Click on "Technical Information", in the small Windows which opened.
Check the codecs that are installed
On the machines were it does not work do the same and compare and thereby identify, which components are missing and which you need to install

This is how mine looks like (as you can see I do not have a H.264 installed) :

ICM 	Cinepak Codec by Radius 	cvid 	iccvid.dll
ICM 	Intel 4:2:0 Video V2.50 	I420 	msh263.drv 	5.1.2600.3311
ICM 	Intel Indeo(R) Video R3.2 	IV32 	ir32_32.dll
ICM 	Intel Indeo® Video 4.5 	IV41
ICM 	Intel IYUV codec 	IYUV 	iyuv_32.dll 	5.1.2600.3311
ICM 	Microsoft RLE 	MRLE 	msrle32.dll 	5.1.2600.3311
ICM 	Microsoft Video 1 	MSVC 	msvidc32.dll 	5.1.2600.0
ICM 	Microsoft YUV 	UYVY 	msyuv.dll 	5.3.2600.3311
ICM 	Toshiba YUV Codec 	Y411 	tsbyuv.dll 	5.1.2600.0
ICM 	Microsoft YUV 	UYVY 	msyuv.dll 	5.3.2600.3311
ICM 	Microsoft H.263 Video Codec 	M263 	msh263.drv 	5.1.2600.3311
ICM 	Microsoft H.261 Video Codec 	M261 	msh261.drv 	5.1.2600.3311
ICM 	Indeo® video 5.10 	IV50 	ir50_32.dll 	5.2562.15.55
ICM 	VMnc v1.2 	VMnc 		
ICM 	VP60® Simple Profile 	VP60 	vp6vfw.dll
ICM 	VP61® Advanced Profile 	VP61 	vp6vfw.dll
ICM 	XviD MPEG-4 Codec 	XVID 		
DMO 	WMVideo Advanced Decoder DMO 	WMVA, WVP2 	wmvadvd.dll 	11.0.5358.4827
DMO 	Mpeg4s Decoder DMO 	mp4s, MP4S, m4s2, M4S2 	MP4SDECD.dll 	11.0.5358.4827
DMO 	WMV Screen decoder DMO 	MSS1, MSS2 	WMVSDECD.dll 	11.0.5358.4827
DMO 	WMVideo Decoder DMO 	WMV1, WMV2, WMV3, WMVP, WVP2, WMVR, WMVA, WVC1 	WMVDECOD.dll 	11.0.5358.4827
DMO 	Mpeg43 Decoder DMO 	mp43, MP43 	MP43DECD.dll 	11.0.5358.4827
DMO 	Mpeg4 Decoder DMO 	MPG4, mpg4, mp42, MP42 	MPG4DECD.dll 	11.0.5358.4827

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Through the comparison of that information of your machines where it works and where it doesn't, you should be able to identify which codec or DLL you're missing on the other machines.
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Expert Comment

ID: 36575687
As a last suggestion, I would leave you to download and install the x264 codec instead of the H.264 MainConcept codec. The x264 is an alternative open source codec.

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Author Comment

ID: 36711974
I believe x264 is included with vlc player, so that's not going to do it.

As mentioned previously, the codec is MainConcept AVC/H.264 Video Decoder

MPEG/DVD Filters
Type       Name       Binary       Version
video       MainConcept MPEG-2 Video Decoder

For curiosity's sake, could this codec be installed on a different computer, knowing its file location?

The manufactuers of the DVR have given us a program called "Playback" which decodes the video. Users still cannot view the file in Windows Media Player, but that is really irrelevant.

Expert Comment

by:My name is Mud
ID: 37071810

Accepted Solution

Hamptonite earned 0 total points
ID: 37109021
Software was purchaes to view the recoder files.

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ID: 37130062
Proprietary encoding

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