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I have a friend running Windows on a MAC machine and some of his software is not working properly in the Windows environment. The software in question is FFDShow for video encoding. I have a program that converts videos to a proprietary format for LED displays and it uses FFDShow to convert the movies. When installed to the MAC running Windows, the videos do not convert properly.

I believe FFDShow uses hardware acceleration. It is my understanding that MAC hardware and drivers are different on a MAC machine. Does that mean that software that uses hardware acceleration will not function properly on the MAC that is running Windows?
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There's no reason it should run any differently utilizing Windows 7 on an Intel Mac vs. on any other windows based machine. There are some drivers that are specific to Intel Macs for Windows, but most drivers such as GPU are the same as any other windows machine.

I would though recommend looking into a program that runs natively under OSX as it will be much more optimized for that particular machine and OS.
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Is he running Windows natively or in a virtual machine?
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I believe he is using Boot Camp.
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I'd say get a windows box to do it :/
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Originally Posted by Greg121986 View Post
I have a friend running Windows on a MAC machine and some of his software is not working properly in the Windows environment. The software in question is FFDShow for video encoding. I have a program that converts videos to a proprietary format for LED displays and it uses FFDShow to convert the movies. When installed to the MAC running Windows, the videos do not convert properly.

I believe FFDShow uses hardware acceleration. It is my understanding that MAC hardware and drivers are different on a MAC machine. Does that mean that software that uses hardware acceleration will not function properly on the MAC that is running Windows?
What model Mac is it?

Make sure his Boot Camp drivers are up to date: http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1443

After that, make sure his video card drivers are up to date. If his Mac has ATI video, you can download the latest from AMD. Go to their drivers section, select "Mac Graphics", then select "Apple Boot Camp" for Step 2, and then select whatever category your Mac fits into for step 3 and 4.
Edited by Warhaven - 11/1/11 at 2:34pm
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