Pinnacle DV25 Codec

Updated: 1 Jan 2005

The Pinnacle codec looks like any other software DV (DV25) codec using the standard "dvsd" FOURCC. (Since AVI is a container format, there's a four-character code that identifies the codec used for a particular stream, so that it can be read. Some DV codecs use their own FOURCC.)
It's written as a Video for Windows component, using Pentium/SSE instructions.

Slow. The "haze of fog" on this one is more prominent than in any of the other Codecs.

Colors are more washed out and it gets worse for second generation too ... by a whole notch ... almost as if it's gradually going to black-and-white eventually.

There are not many signs of artifacts though. (quote from Doom9's thread: "A small study of DV Codecs." - by ulfschack)

What DV codec is?

Basically, DV has both raw video and audio data. AVI and QuickTime are different container formats, which can have combinations of video and audio (and mixed video/audio) streams. So if you had the same DV stored in an AVI and QuickTime, large chunks would be identical between the two files (the actual DV data), while the bits at the beginning and sprinkled around (headers, descriptors, and markers) would be different.

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Panasonic DV Codec: play and import DV video with any tool. The Panasonic VFW DV codec works perfect with VirtualDub.

Cedocida DV Codec: is an open source Video for Windows (VfW) DV-Type2-Codec.

Canopus DV Codec: will allow machines without DV Rex M1, DV Raptor, or RexFX cards to play Canopus DV CODEC AVI files.

Canopus DV File Converter: a free utility which lets you convert Microsoft DV .AVI files into Canopus DV .AVI files, and vice versa.

Pinnacle MPEG Realtime Codec: is used by some TV/Video Cards manufactured by the Pinnacle Systems company. It solves FOURCC code PIM1.

Adaptec DVSoft codec: is an interesting codec offered by Adaptec for encoding and decoding video in the DV format.

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