Reply 20 of 57, by Old PC Hunter
No, in the first post I detail how to make the video work with Microsoft Video 1 compression, 160x120, 256 colors with no audio. All the instructions for that are in the first post. Videos played in that format work very well and play at an acceptable framerate on a real 286 PC.
Last night, I did a few calculations, and I figured out that the average framerate in each fullscreen mode for MSV1 video on the 286 was:
8.5 fps for fullscreen mode, plus zoom by 2
12 fps for fullscreen mode, no zoom by 2.
In my opinion, both framerates are very watchable. I just added an 8KHZ audio track to a MSV1 video. I am gonna test that on a Virtural 286 PC, and then once I get a proper sound card, I will test on real hardware. If it works properly on a VPC, I will leave it here. If anyone has a real 286 with a Sound Blaster or PCM capable sound card, I would like to see a video with audio tested on that.
Also, I haven't found a DOS player that plays AVI's on a 286. They all require a 386. On my machine, Win 3.1 isn't all that slow and the videos play great under the Windows environment.
Set up retro boxes:
DOS:286 10 MHZ/ET4000AX1MB/270 MB HDD/4 MB RAM/Adlib/80287 XL
W98:P2 450/Radeon 7000 64 MB/23 GB HDD/SB 16 clone/384 MB RAM
XP:ATHLON X2 6000+/2 GB RAM/Radeon X1900XTX/2x120 GB SSD/1x160 GB and 1x250 GB 7.2k HDD's/ECS A740 GM-M/SB X-Fi