When I send people videos (many of them are NOT technically sophisticated at all, and might not have the latest K-Lite Codec Package and such), I routinely have them e-mail me back that they can’t read the video files. Their video player (likely Windows Media Player) just gives them messages like, “Cannot Read Video Format” and things like that.
My personal default encoding is:
MPEG > AVI > H.264
When that doesn’t work, I go:
MPEG > MPEG-4
When that doesn’t work, I’ll just try random combinations.
However, it is very frustrating because there is always a fear as I send a video to somebody, just waiting for the other shoe to drop and they’ll send me an e-mail, “I can’t read this. There’s nothing in this video!”
Is there something wrong with Blender’s encoding, such that only really up-to-date codec packages can read them? And can somebody please recommend a video encoding group that will be able to be read even by mother’s and grandmother’s who only use their PC’s to check e-mail and Facebook?