im producing a bunch of simple screen captured video tutorials which demonstrate how to use an application. the problem im having is that my audience will have a range of operating systems installed on their computers and i need to encode my videos into the most "compatible" codec for all users.
my audience will have operating systems ranging from winXP to win7 and i cant assume an internet connection (for them to download codecs). i have no intention of supporting pre xp or non windows systems.
from the research i've done it seems that wmv is the most compatible codec, however im having trouble trying to find which wmv codec xp supports "out of the box". from various forums people have said that xp will only support wmv7, from a microsoft page it indicates that xp will support wmv7 and wmv8, while other forums suggest that xp will support up to wmv9 as long as its not the advanced codec. i only have one xp machine to test on and wmv9 files seem to run perfectly, however unfortunately the machine has service pack 3 installed so im unsure if the codec compatibility came with one of the service packs or from installing the base OS.
does anyone have any suggestions?