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MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 Video Files May Not Play on Windows 10
June 27, 2018
Here's a tip that comes by way of IPro's tech support team for Trial Director. IPro is recommending that video files used with Trial Director be in the MPEG-4 format. I'm sure there are an awfully large number of litigation support professionals out there we have deposition video files in the MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 formats needed for upcoming trials whose firms will upgrading to Windows 10 soon. Windows 10 doesn't support these codecs. A separate codec pack can be purchased but it will only help with playing DVDs. Its function is not extended to the Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) which developers use for building desktop Windows applications.
As per IPro, "This is critical because WPF is the component that houses Trial Director Presentation so none of the MPEG-2 or MPEG-1 videos can be guaranteed to start and end properly. MP4's were not affected by Microsoft's decision so they are a valid alternative."
I don't believe very many deposition reporters are aware of this problem, and from what I can tell they are likely still providing firms with videos in the MPEG-1 format.
In any event, a lot of firms and their trial techs are going to be faced with a difficult choice: Either retain a 'legacy' laptop running Window 7, or have a vendor convert all video files to the MPEG-4 format.