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PICVideo M-JPEG is a high-speed compression and decompression of M-JPEG streams. The PICVideo M-JPEG Codec is both a Microsoft Video for Windows Codec and a Microsoft DirectShow Transform Filter Codec. MJPEG is useful for capturing video.

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4 (November 17, 2005)

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Version history / Release notes / Changelog:
Pegasus Imaging proudly announces PICVideo M-JPEG Codec v3 to our hundreds of thousands of users! PICVideo continues to offer the fastest M-JPEG video compression and decompression in the world. Version 3 adds new features and improves the quality of M-JPEG video.

Features Include:
Adjust Brightness & Contrast During Playback
Version 3 offers the ability to adjust the contrast and brightness of video streams during playback. If a video is too dark or doesnít have enough contrast, it can be adjusted on-the-fly, similar to the way itís adjusted on a television.

Patent-Pending, Advanced Deblocking of Highly Compressed Video
Pegasus Imagingís patent-pending deblocking technology removes JPEG compression blocks on highly compressed video. PICVideo v3 users can enable JPEG deblocking on playback to improve quality. PICVideo is the only video codec that provides smoothing of highly compressed M-JPEG videos. This unique feature offers higher compression with less image distortion.

Correct YUV Encoding
PICVideo v3 corrects widespread misuse of the YUV video colorspace by correcting the chroma and luma ranges. Many codecs have been encoding YUV videos incorrectly. PICVideo v3 encodes these videos correctly, resulting in sharper, crisper colors.

Restores Improperly Encoded YUV Videos During Playback
PICVideo v3 will restore improperly encoded YUV videos and normalize improperly encoded UYVY to the correct range. Videos that currently appear washed out with less contrast will have their colors correctly restored.

New YV12 and IYUV/I420 Support
PICVideo v3 now encodes and decodes YV12 and IYUV/I420 colorspaces. The codec will report at runtime in Video for Windows and DirectShow that YV12 and IYUV/I420 are supported formats for both compression and playback.

Choose Interleave Field Order
PICVideo v3 now offers the option to set the field order of interleaved frames. The odd or even field can start first.

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Acronyms / Also Known As:
picvideo m-jpeg codec


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One of the best solutions when you capturing analogue sources, using a typical Video-In card (of any kind) and programs like Virtualdub.

Once Freeware, now needs registration and cost about 28$. (I was lucky and I registered before it turned commercial :) )

It is for sure highly optimized for speed. Just imagine that it is capable to capture 640 x 480 (Pal: 576) framesize, 30 (Pal: 25) frames per second, on an "ancient" Pentium II @233Mhz!.

It supports color and grayscale Motion JPEG streams and DirectShow surfaces including YUV, YUY2, RGB for fastest display
You can also adjust compression versus quality using a slider control or specify exact settings. Use "18" in the slider and the picture is really great. Use "20" and the picture is perfect.

Because of the relation with MPEG in general, it is somehow better Huffyuv(IMHO), when you need to decompress Interlace MPEG 1 or 2 sources to Avi. Also, TMPGenc seems to like it more CCE...

A typical example of how "light" for modern CPUs this codec is:
On a PC based on a Duron 1.2Ghz CPU, I'm able to capture with virtualdub @ 352 X 576, using "19" for quality and at the same time encode with TMPGenc plus! No framedrops with Win2K!.
Just try do this with any other codec.....

Posted June 20, 2003 by . Tool version MJPEG Codec v2 using OS Win2K
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 10 of 10 Value for money 10 of 10 Overall score 10 of 10

Out of all the codecs I have used when capturing to .avi, PicVideo M-JPEG is the best. It has very low CPU consumption and produces smooth, block free, vivid colour and captures at DVD resolutions with ease. It handles high motion scenes very well indeed and the file sizes it produces are quite reasonable, providing you set the quality setting to 18. I HIGHLY recommend this codec!

Posted June 16, 2003 by . Tool version using OS Win98
Ease of use 10 of 10 Functionality 8 of 10 Value for money 7 of 10 Overall score 9 of 10

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