Update the media player to the newest version.
When media players go through upgrades, new codecs are often
added to the player along with new features.
These new codecs give the player an ability to play videos
in additional formats.
Download and install a codec pack for your computer-based
media player from a codec website, like Free-Codecs.
The K-Lite Codec Pack, for instance, contains multiple
codecs and works with multiple media players, which gives all of the media
players that are installed on your system the capability to play any video file
that uses those codecs.
Once you download a codec pack, go to the
"Downloads" folder on your computer, right-click the codec pack and
choose "Extract All" to extract the codecs and move the codecs into a
folder on your "C:" drive.
The codecs integrate into your computer-based media players
Get a new player. If you have updated your player and
installed all of the available codecs, and video still won't play in the
player, the player may just not have the necessary components to play your
Download and install a new player, such as Winamp or the VLC
Player, to your system.
Personal Media Players
Find out which video formats your media player accepts.
This information should be provided in the user's guide that
came with your player. iPod, for instance, accepts video only in the M4V, MP4
and MOV formats, according to the Apple website.
Convert the video file to a format supported by your
personal media player in an online conversion system.
Some online systems that can make video conversions include
Movavi Online Convert and YouConvertIt.
Remove the original video file from the media player using
the player's software, such as iTunes for iPod devices.
Then, add the new video file to the software library and
drag the new file to the device.
Once the video is in the correct format, the
codecs in the media player should read the converted video file.