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Chromebook and video playback extensions (e.g. avi / mkv / mpg / etc.)

golem 169 32 April 14, 2014 at 07:48 AM
Chromebook looks to handle just about all the video extensions my gift receiver would require but what about the wide array of codecs that are possible within these wrappers? If required would it be possible to add codecs without resorting to viewing via remote access and virtualization?

As an aside, Chromebook C720 (16GB) looks to be an inexpensive option for their needs -- Simple web surfing, web chat, streaming video, video from network and USB drive. If you can suggest a better option it would be most welcomed.

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I bought my grandparents a HP 15" chromebook for the holidays here. They like it but it's not perfect. Printing has proven to be difficult with their existing printer. If your looking for a seamless printing make sure your printer is supported. Older printers will work but you must have another machine running with Chrome running to make it work.

Sorry I can't answer your video playback question. My guess would be some more standard formats like mp4 in H.264 will work but you might have problem with DIVX encoded files for instance. Video gets complicated since there is a difference between codec and wrappers and most people confuse them.
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A chromebook is for browsing the internet, working in the cloud, and doing very light local apps. If you're worrying about local codecs for tons of local video, this isn't the machine for you. It's meant to stream internet video.

http://www.chromium.org/audio-video

Yes, it shows tons are supported but unless you encoded the videos yourself, you're going to find crazy codecs/quirks that will likely not work.


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Much appreciate the replies (and link) LiquidRetro & sd444!

Really is a shame as the Chromebook looks to be an almost perfect fit but I am sure many of the older videos that she'd be viewing would, without doubt, be in one of the DivX or Xvid variants. I probably should just look for a Windows alternative allowing a bit of flexibility.

Still open to suggestions...while I return to researching. nod
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