You don't need a Weissman score to know that today's video encoders are incredibly good at what they do and will continue to get better as hardware power increases. So how exactly does an encoder, such as H.264, compress gigabytes of video into megabytes? It's complex, sure, but very explainable.
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Windows 10 will support a much larger variety of video codecs and container formats, but until it arrives (and you make the decision to upgrade), you can install a shell extension in Windows 7 and 8 to get, at the very least, thumbnail previews in Explorer.
If you grabbed the final release of Ubuntu 10.10 this weekend, you can now fill out its codec compatibility, software updates and DVD playback powers with the Medibuntu repositories, recently updated to support the latest Ubuntu release.
Windows and Linux: Free and open source application WinFF is a graphical front end for the command line tool FFMpeg, a veritable Swiss Army knife of mutimedia file conversion. Load an audio or video file into WinFF, select from a wide variety of output formats—including Flash files, phone-friendly ringtones and DVD templates—and hit convert. Users of Ubuntu and some other Linux distros may have to enable their FFMpeg tool to use additional codecs, which the author describes at his site. WinFF is a free download for all Windows systems and Linux distributions, with pre-compiled Ubuntu/Debian and Red Hat packages available at the link.