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Adding NewTek Native File Codecs to Your System

December 07, 2017 by Chuck Baker

Earlier this year in the v3.3 FFmpeg update, support was added for NewTek’s SpeedHQ native video file format, making it available in the many applications using the FFmpeg libraries. (Read the details here: NewTek’s Native Video File Format Goes Global.) Many applications, however, require codecs to be separately installed on an operating system in order to make them available in an application. For those applications, NewTek provides codec installers for Windows and Mac on our Downloads Page.  Direct links:

Sijmply download and run the installers, and follow the onscreen instructions to complete the installation of the codecs. Once the codecs are installed, applications that use the OS-based codec support will be able to use NewTek SpeedHQ AVI files.

NewTek Codec Notes (from the Readme files for these downloads):

The NewTek codecs listed above complement your NewTek IP Series and TriCaster®, offering 64-bit and 32-bit versions of our codecs for both Windows® and OS X® platforms.

These codecs enhance compatibility with most third-party software, allowing applications on Windows systems running Windows XP® or higher to read and write AVI files in NewTek SpeedHQ formats (4:2:0, 4:2:0:4, 4:2:2, 4:2:2:4, 4:4:4; and 4:4:4:4); and (with Quicktime® installed), Windows applications can also read and write .MOV files in the same formats. Users should note that NewTek live production systems and software tools do not require Quicktime to be installed in order to handle .MOV files.

Similarly, applications running under OS X 10.6 or later on Intel® processors will be able to:

  1. Read and write SpeedHQ Quicktime files, and
  2. Read SpeedHQ AVI files.

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