Video for Windows


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Video for Windows

Microsoft's first video playback implementation in Windows. Featuring the AVI movie format, Video for Windows (VfW) had to be installed separately in Windows 3.x, but, starting with Windows 95, it was incorporated into the OS. Initially, the Video 1, RLE and Indeo codecs (compression methods) were included. Windows 95 added the Cinepak codec and provided drivers for Sony ViSCA VCRs and LaserDiscs. Playback quality was rather poor on 486s and earlier Pentiums; however, in the late 1990s, the DivX codec was introduced into the AVI format and greatly improved the video playback. See DivX.
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AOL's customers must install Video for Windows on their PCs, or, if they use Macintosh.
The number of file formats supported and the inability of Illuminatus to use Windows 95's Media Player instead of Video for Windows was slightly disappointing.
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Microsoft Corporation has begun shipment of Video for Windows, a product that extends the functionality of the Windows operating system and enables customers of Windows to use video to communicate ideas more effectively.
Features include resolution of up to 3200x2400 pixels, a capture time of 1/25 second for PAL and 1/30 second for NTSC and image enhancement tools that support Microsoft Video for Windows and TWAIN standards.