(SP34 is covered in the next post)
http://www.adstech.com/products/USBInstantVideo/downloads/drivers/USBAV170.exe (Thanks to Ronny for the link) (SP40 to SP47)
SP54: (any of these work)
http://www.benq.us/ServiceAndSupport/Drivers/drivers.cfm?product=339 (Under Codec Update for DC1300) (SP50 to SP57)
http://www.benq-eu.com/ServiceAndSupport/downloads/downloads.cfm?product=339&type=D (Under Codec Update for DC1300) (SP50 to SP57)
http://www.logitech.com/pub/techsupport/quickcam/cs510/cs510_patch.exe (Thanks to Jester for the link) (SP53 to SP59)
http://www.aiptek.de/index.php?lan=2&mapid=25&main=21 (AVI-Decoder) (Thanks to Rebecca for a link to a similar download) (SP54 to SP58)
These obscure codecs are used in many different cameras based on SunPlus’s chips. (http://www.sunplus.com.tw)
It appears they use a variety of fourcc’s (SP40 to SP47 and SP50 to SP59, possibly more); I noted which fourcc’s are covered next to the download links. The only fourcc’s you’ll likely ever encounter are SP44 and SP54.
For the SP4x codec I couldn’t find any standalone downloads. You’ll just have to install the driver for the AdsTech USBAV-170 (Ronny’s link at the top of the page)
http://www.adstech.com/Support/Downloads/Downloads.asp?productId=USBAV-170&productName=USB%20Instant%20Video (USB Instant Video Drivers)
-- NOT DONE --
This link is the Mac (OS 9 and below only) driver for the USBAV-170. I need a tester to find out whether it contains a plugin to play SP44 videos on the Mac.
-- TESTERS WANTED --
For SP5x any of the downloads in the second section at the top of the page should work.
www.fourcc.org states SP54 is “Apparently a form of MJPEG but with some header or other missing” and offers a link to a nifty utility that will convert SP54 movies into MJPG movies: http://libland.fr.st/download.html (scroll down and look for SP54 converter; the file is in .tar.gz (GZipped TarBall) format and can be opened with 7-zip or WinRAR; Windows users want to locate sp54convert.exe, which is the command-line utility). Mac OS X users may be able to compile the source code and convert the SP54 file into MJPG for viewing in QuickTime.
Keywords: SP54, SP44, SP34, SunPlus
http://www.webeye.com.cn/drive/spca501cforxp2k.zip (SP30 to SP37)
1. Download the above file, and extract it (with 7-zip or WinRAR for example). (Oddly, right clicking the .inf file and choosing Install doesn’t work. I haven’t figured out what all the files do, but this should work for installation.) Move the sp30_32.dll and sp3x_32.dll files to your Windows/System folder (Windows 95, 98, Me), WINNT/System32 folder (Windows NT 4, 2000), or Windows/System32 folder (Windows XP, 2003, Vista 32-bit).
2a. Windows 95, 98, and Me: Go to your Windows folder and find the file named system.ini. Under the [drivers32] section (or create it if it doesn’t exist) add the following line
2b. Windows NT 4, 2000, 2003, XP 32-bit and Vista 32-bit: Run the registry editor (click start, run, then type regedit and press enter). Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/Drivers32. Create a string value named VIDC.SP34 with value sp30_32.dll . Navigate to the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/Windows NT/CurrentVersion/drivers.desc. Create a string value named sp30_32.dll with value “Sunplus 32-bit AVI compression driver” (without quotes). Create another string value named sp3x_32.dll with the same value (“Sunplus 32-bit AVI compression driver” without quotes).
To check you’ve installed the codec correctly run VirtualDub. Click Video, Compression. You should see the SunPlus codec listed.
-- NEED VERIFICATION --
More Info: This SunPlus codec seems associated with the SPCA501C chip.
Keywords: SP34, SunPlus
I dont know if this still helps, but I had the same problem, and I tried to install de webcam driver for a IBM Thinkpad T21 (in my case this is the notebook that record the video) in my notebook (it’s not IBM but a force the instalation) and it worked perfectly, I can play the videos and convert it to WMV pecfectly =)