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I cannot open some AVI files with Vista. Media Player says I need a codec and I've installed it. Files still will not open.

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  • wyndbrkr Apr 21, 2008

    I have followed the suggested codec installation. Locating and installing codecs is not the problem. Vista is the problem. After installing the recommended codecs Media Player gives a message that a codec is still needed. The same files open in XP easily.

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Google for free video codecs for vista. download (check with anti-virus software) then install

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Xvid for windows vista


I've spent a lot of time this weekend finally setting up Windows Vista Media Center, and I suddenly realised that Vista Media Center won't play Xvid and Avi files even if Windows Media Player will. If you want to add support for third party codecs including Xvid and Avi files in Vista Media Center then you need to install the Media Control Plugin For Windows Vista Media Center.
This plugin allows Windows Vista Media Center to utilize te FFDShow decoder, which needs to be installed seperately ((FFDShow rev 1108 recommended: download the last version from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout)). FFDShow adds support to Vista for MPEG-4 video formats like DivX, Xvid, H.264 and also alllows MP3, AAC, Dolby AC3, and OGG Vorbis audio files to be played back.
The Media Control Plugin for Windows Vista MCE also adds the following additional features:
  • Switching embedded audio and subtitles streams while playing a video: works with AVI, OGM, MKV
  • Switching between external subtitle files (.SRT, .SUB)
  • Switching between FFDShow presets (audio & video)
  • Setting and loading bookmarks inside a video with visualization of the pictures of the saved bookmarks
  • Real fastforward (and rewind) exactly like in the TV module (with 3 different speeds)
  • Switching and setting post-processing filters in FFDShow (video filters only)
  • Separate application to assign keyboard/remote control shortcuts to the commands and the MCML pages of the plugin.
  • Full remote control support (6 buttons are mapped by default, but this can be changed)
  • Default mapping (works in full screen while watching a video, except the blue button that is always caught) :
    • Fast forward / rewind buttons
    • Blue button : loads the startup page of the plugin
    • Red button : switches audio stream
    • Green button : switches subtitle stream
    • Yellow button : switches subtitle file

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Media players cant play my .avi movies. i copied a .avi movie from my friend's pc using a flash drive and moved it into my personal pc but my media players wont play it. it did not say it was a missing...


I assume you are using the Windows Media Player to play the .avi formats on your OS Windows PC?

If this is the case, you do not have the necessary "codecs" to play the .avi files. Download & install the latest codec package ie K-Lite Mega Codec Pack or K-Lite Codec Pack @ http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Mega_Codec_Pack.htm

Hope it helps.

Apr 28, 2011 | DivX AVI Codec Pack Pro

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I recently installed the Real Alternative software to open AVI files, 'cause in my WM player I could only hear the sound, and I couldn't see the video, it's not a problem with all my AVI files, just a few...


Hi

There's no problem with the operating system.And please do not reinstall windows again.Its a known issue only for some types of videos even if its in the same format for example- 2 different files in AVI format ones working but the others not.This happens because some type of videos are only supported by 3rd party codecs which is not made by microsoft as windows media player is product of microsoft. Now you might also notice that the same video might be working in your friends computer or a different computer absolutely fine.Its just you would have to wait until it will download the update it self.
SOLUTION:-
Look m not a big fan of microsoft either.So do not depend on Windows media player.Simply download VLC PLAYER which is the best.Its small, plays all kinds of videos in all formats.The following is the link for the setup file of VLC PLAYER-:

http://sourceforge.net/projects/vlc/files/1.1.5/win32/vlc-1.1.5-win32.exe/download

Now njoy watching all the videos with high def and better sound than Windows media player

Hope this fixes the problem,If it doesn't please reply



Thanks & Regards
LonG LIVE THe GeekS!!!!!

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Hi,
To play the avi files. you can try to options.

1. You can download a different media player which is VLC media player. It plays almost all kinds of video format.

2. Download K-lite codec and run it and you should be able to play .avi files in media player.

Hope it helps :-)

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Avi file open it with Media Player, receved an error COOD1199 What Codec to use? I'm using the last Xvid Codec


Go to sourceforge.net and search for mediainfo. Download the latest version for your system (it's free). This utility can tell you what codecs are required for most media file formats and will provide links to where you can download codecs required for a specific file.

Jul 10, 2009 | Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium...

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Cant watch avi files on my pc.


Try downloading this and install it...

1. WINDOWS XP;
http://www.xpcodecpack.com/dl/XP-Codec-Pack_2.4.6.exe

2. Vista

http://www.free-codecs.com/download_soft.php?d=5155&s=682

please update your windows media player by going to microsoft website.

install and enjoy watching your AVI movies

Apr 14, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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How can i play AVI files on my media center/player on vista


Hi,
Windows Vista Media Center won’t play Xvid and Avi files, even if Windows Media Player will play these files. If you want to add support for third party codecs including Xvid and Avi files in Vista Media Center then you need to install the media control plugin for Windows Vista Media Center.
To install the Codec please click on the below link or copy the URL and paste it in your web browser..
http://damienbt.free.fr/index.php#download
This plugin allows Windows Vista Media Center to utilize te FFDShow decoder, which needs to be installed seperately ((FFDShow rev 1108 recommended: download the last version from http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow-tryout)) FFDShow adds support to Vista for MPEG-4 video formats like DivX, Xvid, H.264 and also alllows MP3, AAC, Dolby AC3, and OGG Vorbis audio files to be played back.
have any other queries, please let me know..
Thank you.....

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AVI file is not running


With .avi files the issue is usually which video codec has been used to encode it - all players will have certain codecs installed, and if the second player you describe does not have the approprtiate codec then it will struggle to play the file - occasionally the audio codecs can have the same effect, also on video. In your video conversion program you should be able to choose from a list of codecs to use to encode the .avi file, check which one you used and then check it is installed on the computer that is experiencing the problem. Windows media player, if it is fully updated should be able to cope with the majority of codecs, the best player for .avi files at the moment is DivX player, available free for download at; http://www.divx.com divx player also may need to be fully updated after you install it, this is an easy procedure, just click "Check for new versions" in the "help" menu to make sure you have the latest divx codecs installed Hopefully this will allow you to play the files on both machines. If you still have trouble, then type the name of the codec used by your converter program into a search engine, and you should find a location to download it from with installation instructions. Hope this helps, ask again if you still have trouble :)

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