Done with VGM/XVD

Since the time I first looked at XVD-related codecs I dug deeper and at one point considered implementing it all for NihAV. But every time I look at Muzip or some logic inside video decoders I lose all interest. So finally I’ve documented my finds on The Wiki and now I can forget about it and move to something else.

Some of it was easy to investigate since VGM demuxer along with Muzip CTP06/CTP07, Domen and VT2k decoders are present in Java applets that can be easily decompiled. Some like V2K-II or XVD can be easily decompiled with Ghidra and produce mostly understandable code (except for wavelet decoding part in XVD). Muzip4 and VT on the other hand have hard to follow logic. And VGM2 demuxer is available only as DirectShow splitter which is a pain to search for the COM object responsible for the demuxing itself.

Funny enough now Alaris VGPixel looks more related since VT codec has similar mode of compression. Additionally both the official player and demo programs from VGM-XVD developer site use the same trick—they put all .dlls in compressed form (the standard SZDD compression) at the end of executable, which decompresses and loads them at start.

Also it’s worth mentioning that all decoders (except for VGPixel) have the same interface via the functions UCF_InitCodec, UCF_ProcessFrame and such. Anybody interested enough can write his own program that demuxes VGM or VGM2, loads the proper decoder libraries and does something with the result. At least I’ve documented it as much as I could (or cared) so there’s some foundation to start from.

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