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Comment Re:This gives my coding some perspective... (Score 1) 151

I was on the beta team, and with the handful of beta testers none of this stuff came up.

That may not seem to be much of an excuse, but they had developed this for a specific volume of people and bought server space for that expected flow of individuals.

Instead it has been considerably more popular. Even some of the weird bugs about saving file paths were found months ago but had been fixed, and then re-introduced? Anyway, the feedback is being reviewed.

Comment Re:what is the point, exactly. (Score 1) 370

I should also point out that media containers were not originally designed for random things being distributed over the internet. Rather, they are for developers to author and users to play back.

As a professional, if I put stuff on a DVD or a Web site that the average computer user couldn't see, that disc or site would include whatever drivers or CODECs one needed in order to video my media. That's still pretty much the rule.

This is very useful for professional work. For example, I bought a license for the Cineform CODEC, which is an "intermediate" CODEC, designed for fast editing of computationally expensive formats like MPEG-2 and AVC. Not so expensive on their own, but try doing 10 or 20 layers of video in a single project, and you'll meet "slow" on any PC. The multimedia frameworks allow video and audio editors to use new CODECs without any changes to their own code.

At the fringes, sure, you have pirates and crazy people putting weird stuff inside AVIs, without telling you what it is. But this is not a general problem.

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