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    Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    I don't know whether .avi files are prone to corruption or if there's just something wrong with my computer, but I've having great trouble making them play right. I'm using Windows Media Player (could this be the problem?) and either they don't play at all, and instead an error is displayed reading "Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file. For additional assistance, click Web Help." (the link doesn't help), or a little message appears in the bottom left of the window where the title normally displays if a video is playing correctly saying "Codec required" ... "Acquiring codec"... "Codec acquired", and then it plays the sound but not the image, just swirling visualisations. Can anyone help me figure out what's going on?

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Some video players require codecs in order to play certain types of media files.

    Install the k-lite codec pack and you'll most likely be able to play your movie.

    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...Codec_Pack.htm

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    I suspect you don't have the right codecs installed for playing .avi files in Windows Media Player, DabboB.

    Just because Windows claims it is "Acquiring codec" or even that a codec has been acquired for your .avi files does not mean that Windows has acquired the right codec.

    It has become popular these days to acquire and install codecs in "packs" supporting dozens of different media formats each. Two of the most popular and frequently recommended include:

    K-Lyte Codec Pack

    CCCP

    One or both of the above also offer alternative programs to the Windows Media Player.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Thank you both for your quick and helpful replies. I've installed K-Lite and it seems to have helped

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Answerbot: This question has now been answered by JUB techies 647 times in the last 2 weeks.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Isn't that nice. Maybe you should make it a sticky.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    As everyone else has said, you have to download codecs. The AVI format is just a container - the video inside can be of any format. Windows (or Mac) doesn't include these codecs.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    I have precisely the same problem as DabboB with precisely the same error codes etc (except of course I get them in Dutch, because I'm from Belgium) BUT: I don't understand why I would have to download K-lite, CCCP, VLC player or any other obscure piece of software, because only a few weeks ago, I could play all .avi files on windows media player without any problems.

    So I know it is possible to play them on wmp. If I am unwilling to download the software other guys recommend (I always get warnings that they are malicious software, you see), then what do I do? How do I make wmp the standard for .avi files again?

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    K-Lite is not malicious (and the assumption that every codec pack is malicious is a bit silly, if you ask me). How can I say that? Because I have it installed and I've been using it for years. If anything were to happen to my computer, it would've happened by now. Nope, my computer hasn't blown up yet, there's no spyware, my antivirus hasn't complained at anything for years. I have no reason to lie.

    No, WMP absolutely CANNOT play every format of media. We're not lying. It's true that sometimes WMP can't find the right codec. Codecs like DivX and XviD don't come with WMP (though DivX might). If you insist that they do, really they don't. Remember that some codecs are open-source, some are not.

    VLC player is actually pretty good. It plays anything regardless of codec because it has its own codecs and doesn't install any.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Quote Originally Posted by BarebackTeenager View Post
    BUT: I don't understand why I would have to download K-lite, CCCP, VLC player or any other obscure piece of software, because only a few weeks ago, I could play all .avi files on windows media player without any problems.
    No one player does the job - there are many ways of encoding files - there are some common ways that most players will be ok with but there is a wide middle ground where specialised players (or just codecs) are needed and then there are really obscure codecs that only a handful of players can cope with. You can have six files that end with .avi and you may need two or three programs to play all of them. In fact WMP is possibly the least effective of them all and even MS has to provide extra codecs.

    From: http://www.cccp-project.net/wiki/ind...=Media_Players

    Windows Players
    1.1 ALLPlayer
    1.2 BSPlayer
    1.3 Coreplayer
    1.4 Crystal Player
    1.5 DivX Player 6.3
    1.6 Drastic Preview
    1.7 GOM Player
    1.8 JetAudio Player
    1.9 Light Alloy Player
    1.10 Media Player Classic
    1.11 MPlayer
    1.12 QuickTime
    1.13 RadLight 4
    1.14 RealPlayer 10
    1.15 The Core Media Player (TCMP)
    1.16 VLC media player
    1.17 ViPlay (2)
    1.18 ViPlay 3
    1.19 Winamp 5
    1.20 Windows Media Player 10
    1.21 Windows Media Player 11
    1.22 Xenorate Media Player
    1.23 Zoom Player

    nix and Mac OS Players
    2.1 MPlayer
    2.2 QuickTime
    2.3 VLC media player

    A lot of this software is free/opensource - what this means is that hundreds (sometimes thousands) of people have given freely of their time to provide us with some very excellent software. They are actually saving us a lot of money by giving us alternative codecs and players.

    obscure piece of software
    K-Lite Codec Pack Full 2.82 downloaded from majorgeeks 60,245 times (that's from one website), 421,289 from Softpedia.

    At the end of Feb 2005 VLC had been downloaded 59,494,610 times by Windows users alone - that's 59 million.

    http://www.videolan.org/stats/downloads.php



    Quote Originally Posted by BarebackTeenager View Post
    So I know it is possible to play them on wmp. If I am unwilling to download the software other guys recommend (I always get warnings that they are malicious software, you see), then what do I do? How do I make wmp the standard for .avi files again?
    Go figure!


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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    DivX! That's another one I tried. But I insist: I have a few dozen short clips that only a few weeks ago I was able to play, and now I no longer can. And when I download something like that (or VLC this afternoon) to play those .avi files, then it also affects my good old .wmv files, for instance, which are no longer played in wmp but also in VLC, and with lesser image quality. Plus the fact that I got those irritating error messages in windows regarding VLC. That's why I threw it out again within hours.

    I want to be able to see all my wmv and mpeg etc in the good old windows media player, and I want to be able to see my avi thingies, and I want to use the lowest possible number of different players ('coz there's already realplayer and quicktime as well, why so many different standards?)

    So now what do I do? Please help.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Quote Originally Posted by noelie View Post
    Windows Players
    1.1 ALLPlayer
    1.2 BSPlayer
    1.3 Coreplayer
    1.4 Crystal Player
    1.5 DivX Player 6.3
    1.6 Drastic Preview
    1.7 GOM Player
    1.8 JetAudio Player
    1.9 Light Alloy Player
    1.10 Media Player Classic
    1.11 MPlayer
    1.12 QuickTime
    1.13 RadLight 4
    1.14 RealPlayer 10
    1.15 The Core Media Player (TCMP)
    1.16 VLC media player
    1.17 ViPlay (2)
    1.18 ViPlay 3
    1.19 Winamp 5
    1.20 Windows Media Player 10
    1.21 Windows Media Player 11
    1.22 Xenorate Media Player
    1.23 Zoom Player

    nix and Mac OS Players
    2.1 MPlayer
    2.2 QuickTime
    2.3 VLC media player

    I know I'm an ignorant little kid with more talent for languages than IT, but why would those 26 different players be such a contribution to our well-being? I mean, we all just want something that plays colour images and the corresponding sound synchronously, right? Then in my naive mindset, any one of them would do, and the whole world could use that one, you know what I mean? I'm sure the inventor of any one particular player thinks his is best, but to me the distinction is like between tea bags.

    My parents, you see, have had arguments over tea bags. My father favours the pyramid shaped ones for their enhanced flavour. My mother, however, thinks any tea bag will do as long it has no label attached by a little aluminum clip; a tiny bit of the toxic metals in the clip could enter our organism by way of the tea...

    To me, the distinction between one player and another is equally 'obscure' as the characteristics of those little teabags. Never mind a piece of software has been downloaded 59 million times, like you say of the VLC. My family sell 20 million tea bags per year.

    This is just to explain to y'all I'm not trying annoy those of you who are into these things; I'm just trying to explain how hard it makes the lives of people who normally spend only 30 mins a day behind their PCs.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Nobody said you were ignorant. But from experience, WMP is a piece of crap. Now others might jump on me for saying this but other players like BSplayer and VLC have more options. In fact, I swear by both.

    There are a ton players for Windows, yes. Yes, it's a bit overwhelming to the average novice computer user, but we all have our own preferences. I wouldn't touch anything Microsoft unless I absolutely had to (I use Windows, well..things are too easy to do with Windows, I'll switch eventually; I DO NOT use MS Office, I use OpenOffice; I DO NOT use Microsoft Outlook Express, I use Thunderbird; I DO NOT use Internet Explorer, I use Firefox; I don't use Windows Media Player - version 11 is a bloated piece of junk, I use BSplayer or VLC depending on my needs and Winamp for music, etc)

    K-Lite Codec Pack has something called G-Spot Codec Information (yes the name is kind of dodgy) that tells you what codec a particular file is using. If you want to know what codecs you need to play a file, you'd use this - or download it seperately here.

    Take it from someone who spends upwards of 40 hours/week on the PC. If you have any questions, find me via PM.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    I pretty much only use WMP, occasionally i use the DivX player. When i encounter a file i can't play i go to the k-lite page and download the most recent package and everything is usually ok. if you were just playing the files a few weeks ago and now can't something else has happened and it's not necessarily a codec issue. although your codec package might have gotten corrupted or something. it could be that windows did an automatic download of some sorta and that has messed up your ability to play files.

    folks here might be able to provide some sort of consensus on what maybe the top 3-5 most versatile players are and you could maybe have those installed and then use them as you need them. like i said, i don't generally need anything other than WMP. i was having a great deal of trouble a couple weeks ago. streaming vids on the web that were working suddenly stopped working. it turns out that i had a messed up active x plugin. i tried reinstalling it, but that didn't help. in the end i had to upgrade to WMP 10 (i had 9, which i loved). i don't recommend upgrading to version 11, but you might take a glance at what version you have and maybe upgrade to 10 if you have version 9. maybe something in the files of WMP got corrupted.

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    Hmm 20 million tea bags you say?

    Probably explains your disdain for free stuff.

    You damn free media players and codecs that help millions of people around the world all the time and you have little or no respect for free tech support yet you seem to think that the rest of us should help you despite your attitude BarebackTeenager.

    Whether you use a PC for 30 minutes a day or 14 hours a day the rest of the world doesn't owe you anything and it especially doesn't need to make your life easier.

    BTW aluminum has been linked to Alzheimer's (albeit not very well).

    Go to:

    Tools
    Folder Options
    File Types

    find avi

    click on change

    select Windows Media Player

    or

    Start
    Run
    WMPlayer

    Tools
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    File Types
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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Thank you very much for your help everybody, I really do appreciate it endlessly since I'm not into those things and the slightest problem can leave me stunned.

    And I apologize if I came across as arrogant, Noelie, I was just trying to explain how little I understand of this whole universe of different media players. I never intended to make such a bad impression.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    hey BBT,

    it never hurts to explain where you're coming from in my opinion. some of us tend to take for granted certain steps and sometime we over look stuff that someone without the same background doesn't understand. it's all good.

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    Re: Having a bit of trouble with .avi files

    Just to offer a counter to nathan's dislike of WMP, WMP is my primary video player. As long as you take the time to install a codec pack when you install windows (or whenever) you really shouldn't have any problems playing legitimit video files. You can run into some problems with dodgy porn vids that have missing indexes and what not, in which case VLC player works wonders. But as long as you know what you're doing, and don't expect WMP to do something it wasn't designed to do, it works fine. And i too am an advanced computer user like Nathan, hell i design PC games for a living . But like Nathan said, it's all about personal preferences and skill level. I like WMP, he doesn't. It's up to you to decide what works best for you.
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