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Media player i downloaded some movies and my windows media player only plays the sound and not the video

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  • evilelf Feb 18, 2008

    thanks that did help

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You need the proper codec to decode the video. You can hunt down the correct codec, or you can install FFDShow, which will take care of most decoding for you. FFDShow is free and can be found here:

http://fileforum.betanews.com/detail/FFDShow_MPEG4_Video_Decoder/1054056131/1

Posted on Feb 18, 2008

  • Robert Swanson
    Robert Swanson Feb 18, 2008

    One more note - once you install FFDShow, you should be able to still play your videos in Windows Media Player.

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