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Hi, I have downloaded 2 video files from the internet (bbc footage) and I can't play them with vlc media player. It says it does not support the format "undf". How can I play them? Thank you for your time!

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  • Darryl Traves Jun 15, 2011

    Hi, I am not the best in computer literacy but here goes . I was looking on google for video footage of harrier jump jets (air craft), I have downloaded 2 from the bbc, both have different titles but are exactly the same size, so may be the same. I use "internet download manager" and it works very well. I have downloaded other videos of the harrier jump jets from other sites successfully but the bbc is not working? The faster way to find the site or link might be to do what I did and google harrier jump jet/click on the video link/ click high quality , they are about 74mb in size. both are bbc news, one is archives and the other is how to fly. Thanks.

  • Darryl Traves Jun 15, 2011

    Hi, I downloaded the program you suggested and it plays the first couple of seconds - which shows the bbc logo and then it stops. It looks like the play list is only a couple of seconds long! Do you have any other suggestions? You may be right about the protection of their footage, bbc that is! Thank you once again1

  • Darryl Traves Jun 15, 2011

    Thank you very much for your time and effort, this may be a hurdle which can't be jumped, so don't exhaust your spare time and effort. I do appreciate the assistance of experts! That is why I like FixYa.!



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Welcome to FixYa.

Please point me to the link of the BBC footage you downloaded and how did you downloaded the footage?

"undf" is not a file type. It is the error message produced by VLC when it does not understand the kind of file you want it to play. The footage might have not properly downloaded.

I'll be waiting for your response.


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    Jas Barinaga Jun 15, 2011

    BBC and other news website puts extra effort on securing their picture and video content that is why sometimes we are not able to download it properly.

    It looks like the file you have downloaded is in ".SWF" format. This is a flash format and if I'm not mistaken VLC does not support this kind of format because technically, it is not a video format.

    To play the file you downloaded, use the Media Player Classic.

    Download and Install the XP-Codec-Pack 2.5.1 from this link

    The installation includes installing the Media Player Classic.

    Use the Media Player Classic to play the video.

    Keep me posted.

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    Jas Barinaga Jun 15, 2011

    I'm currently trying to find a way how we can download the videos from the BBC website. I'll keep you posted in an hour or two.



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