Why Can't I Play .avi Files?

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  1. WillG

    WillG Producer

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    I have some .avi video clips that I have downloaded over the internet. But whenever I try to play them via Windows Media Player, I get messages that WMP is requesting a codec and then that there is a error downloading the codec. Then, all I get is audio. I have tried other programs to run the files but I get the same result with just audio and no video. Can anyone tell me why this is and what I need to do so I can see the video?
     
  2. Jassen M. West

    Jassen M. West Supporting Actor

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    Most AVI's use DivX codec. I see that is included in Jassen's link, so you'll probably be ok if you install them.
     
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    I'll give it a try, Thanks
     
  5. Bryan X

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    Yeah, I would bet just about anything you need to install the DivX codec.
     
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    DivX codec
    XviD codec
    ac3filter

    ... plus some assorted others should take care of most avi's.

    http://www.headbands.com/gspot/ - Gspot will check the clip, then your system and tell you what you're missing.
     
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    Or download the free VLC player from videolan.org and use that instead of WMP.
     
  8. Kimmo Jaskari

    Kimmo Jaskari Screenwriter

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    I've had some issues with that. For some files it's great, but when I tried viewing files over a network connection (a file share) my VLC started giving "twitchy" playback. The normal players (Bsplayer, WMP, etc) with external codecs however played flawlessly. It's just getting the codecs in place that can be a bit fiddly at first.
     
  9. Scott L

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    +1 on that

    All you ever need is:

    1) FFDSHOW - decodes anything mpeg-4 related. No need to install Xvid and Divx.

    2) GSpot - once Gspot defines the codec go to free-codecs.com and download it
     
  10. MarkHastings

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    VLC player is best suited for MPEG streams (not so much program files).

    We use it a lot to test out V.O.D. programs since WMP always has issues with those files.
     

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