Desperately Seeking SFM Codec

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I’m sure you’ve all seen this one before, but since the search function here doesn’t support 3 letter words :P and apparently (the 60 second rule) isn’t indexed, here it is again. Where can I download Crystal Net’s Surface Fitting Method (SFM)codec now that they (Crystal Net) are MIA? Anybody have a lead? Thanks!

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the fourcc of that codec is SFMC. From my understanding it came bundled with CrystalGram, a video e-mail program from crystalnet. crystalnet.com, as you noted, is down. I can’t seem to find the program, but here are the closest matches I found
http://download.nafura.it/home/pc/files.asp?cat=D44&ord=&pg=4&select=&select2=&select3=
has a copy of crystalgram, but it produces executables (instead of avi’s - maybe it’s not the right version), and only seems to work if you set your computer date to 2001...
one czech site
http://www.ha.cz/a_spionaz/1videolink.htm
states that the original download link was
http://www.crystalnet.com/CRYSTALGRAM/CrystalGramFreeDemo.ZIP
So I would guess the filename to look for would be crystalgramfreedemo.zip. I couldn’t find it on the web, and my only suggestion would be to try locating it on file sharing networks. Maybe someone still has a copy of it lying around somewhere. reply

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Thanks for the response, and the research. I guess I’m probably just SOL. Without incriminating myself too much, I’ll tell ya why I’m after it. Maybe somebody has a lead for me in another direction. Maybe I’m barking up the wrong tree.

In the “TV Shows” section of suprnova, under Red Dwarf, are three full season packs. I grabbed the first and tried running it, no sound. Windows Media Player actually says, in passing, that there’s some codec missing. The file names themselves contain .SFM. in them. Here’s an example:

RedDwarf S03E01Backward DVD SFM ShareReactor

S03 means Season 3. E01 is Episode 1. Backward is the name of the Episode. I think ShareReactor is the source site, which is down now and says there’s legal action pending. :P
Am I missing anything? Does that help anyone with any further ideas?

Thanks in Advance all. :)
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SFM could stand for something else.
In your case the best method would be to feed the file into one (or more if the one fails) diagnostic utilities on this page and find out the fourcc (for avi video) or tag number (for audio).
http://www.moviecodec.com/questions/neededcodec.html reply

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SFM is a release group. It stands for SciFiManiacs.

By the file name it can be surmised that the file is a DVD rip. SFM rip DVD’s and encode using the XviD codec.

To watch the file install the latest version of FFDShow (which is a directshow filter that can decode DivX and XviD etc):

http://prdownloads.sourceforge.net/ffdshow/ffdshow-20041012.exe?download

OR, alternatively, you could just use the VLC media player to play the file (I personally prefer using FFDShow):

www.videolan.org reply

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If anyone is still having problems with playing the first 3 seasons of red dwarf, i.e. no sound. You need AC3 codec. reply

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I downloaded Babylon 5, S3 throught uTorrent and the files have a .Xvid.sfm extension and doesnt play. Any suggestion? reply

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I am one of the founders of Crystal Net and the SFM codec. Send me a note to danaby (at) gmail (dot) com. I am curious if you ever found a copy of the codec. I might be able to help you even though this is years old. Yours, Dana

jreitsch wrote:
I’m sure you’ve all seen this one before, but since the search function here doesn’t support 3 letter words :P and apparently (the 60 second rule) isn’t indexed, here it is again. Where can I download Crystal Net’s Surface Fitting Method (SFM)codec now that they (Crystal Net) are MIA? Anybody have a lead? Thanks!

p.s. you should check out Invision Power Board (http://www.invisionboard.com/).

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