Kolor Eyes Desktop - Video decoding

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Video decoding

You can change video plugin through the category « Video Plugin » in the menu.

Changing the video plugin will directly affect Kolor Eyes video decoding abilities. Kolor Eyes will use a different video backend according to this setting. Available backends will depends on the platform.


Change video plugin


Windows

There are three video backends available on Windows platform : VLC, WMF (Windows Media Foundation) and DirectShow.

We recommend you to use WMF because this backend allows Kolor Eyes to use video hardware decoding and so it gives the best video performances.

If you encounter errors when you try to read a video file with WMF, we recommend you to use VLC instead.

Use of Directshow is deprecated but we still allow you to use it.


VLC

This backend uses libVLC to decode video. You should never encounter errors with backend.

Unfortunalty, VLC on Windows does not support video hardware decoding for now and so high resolutions, as 4K, can be jerky.


WMF

It is the default video backend of Windows, it means that if Windows Media Player can't read a video Kolor Eyes can't too . We recommend you to use it to have the smoother video as possible.

Note that Windows 8 has native codecs which decode 4K video and so Kolor Eyes will be able to decode 4K video without installing any codec on Windows 8. It is not the same for Windows 7 (or previous Windows versions) which do not have native codecs to decode 4K video.


DirectShow

You will need to have codecs that use DirectShow filters like MainConcept codecs. If you have Autopano Video installed on your machine you also have MainConcept codecs installed.


Mac

There are three video backends available on Mac platform : VLC, AVF and Quick Time 7.

We recommend you to use AVF because this backend allows Kolor Eyes to use video hardware decoding and so it gives the best video performances.

If you encounter errors when you try to read a video file with AVF, we recommend you to use VLC instead.

Note that AVF backend is only available on Mac Mountain Lion (10.8) or later.



Supported resolutions

The information in this table assumes to have a fresh install of the operating system.

Operating System 720p (1280*720) 1080p (1920*1280) 4K (4096*2048)
Windows 7 (WMF) Yes Yes No
Windows 8 (WMF) Yes Yes Yes
Mac 10.7 Lion (QT7) Yes Yes Yes
Mac 10.8 Mountain Lion (AVF) Yes Yes Yes
Mac 10.9 Mavericks (AVF) Yes Yes Yes



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