SP34 SP44 SP54: SunPlus codecs

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(SP34 is covered in the next post)

Quick Solutions:
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)

More info:
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.

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 reply



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.

More Info: This SunPlus codec seems associated with the SPCA501C chip.

Keywords: SP34, SunPlus reply


Any way to reupload the SP34 codec??
really, REALLY need that one! reply


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 =) reply



SP44 link is, and has been dead. If you’re looking for it, I have the USBAV170 software (which includes the SP44 codec) hosted on my server here:

http://www.andrewgwallace.com/transfer/SP44_codec.zip reply


I have since uploaded this to archive.org

https://archive.org/details/sp44codec reply


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