Cannot fast forward or rewind *.wmv files

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Snapper_Five, Oct 13, 2007.

  1. Snapper_Five

    Snapper_Five Guest

    Hi - I cannot FF or Rewind my *.wmv files. All other file formats work fine.
    Any ideas? Thanks
    Snapper_Five, Oct 13, 2007
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  2. Hi Snapper,

    This behavior is usually caused by the file not having a duration for some
    reason. Is this content you created or downloaded? Does this happen with
    all WMVs or only some of them?

    Windows typcially has some sample WMVs that install with the operating
    system, have you tried playing those files? Any success with FF or Rew on
    Mike Poz [MSFT], Oct 14, 2007
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  3. Snapper_Five

    Snapper_Five Guest

    Thanks Mike, yes it works with the samples. This is a huge file: 24Gb and it
    is footage from a security camera which runs for 12 hours.


    Snapper_Five, Oct 14, 2007
  4. Okay then it's definitely a duration type issue.

    There's a possible solution, I cannot guaranty that it will work for you but
    it's your best bet right now. First you need to download the Windows Media
    Encoder. You can find it here:

    Once you've downloaded and installed it, launch the encoder. In the first
    dialog select Custom session.

    In the Sources page, click the "File" radio button and point the encoder to
    the source file. Then click the Output page, check the Archive to file box
    and give the file a second name or use the same name in a new location. This
    is critical the critical part: Make sure that the "Index file" box is

    On the remaining tabs, select whatever settings you want and then click the
    Start Encode button.

    This should rewrite your file with an index that will allow seeking, FF and
    REW capabilities.

    There used to be a tool that was available that would do this a bit more
    easily but it was very out of date so Microsoft removed it from the available

    Using the encoder is the correct way to do it as it allows you greater
    control over what you get.

    I would also look into the settings on the encoder that created the file in
    the first place. It appears that it's not being encoded correctly to WMV

    Hope this helps!

    Mike Poz [MSFT]
    This posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties, and confers no rights.

    Mike Poz [MSFT], Oct 14, 2007
  5. Cool, thanks Neil, I wasn't aware of that. I (and I'm sure Snapper will too)
    appreciate that information.

    The orginal information that Zach has posted shows that there used to be a
    tool that's no longer available, his post doesn't mention the editor as
    having indexing capability so I was going with most obvious to me with what
    was available.

    I'll see if I can get Zach to add that to his support page. Zach? :)
    Mike Poz [MSFT], Oct 15, 2007
  6. I went on two trips, one down to California for about ten days and then about
    two weeks later went to Japan for over three weeks. Had tons to catch up on
    at work and home, only now have caught up to the point where I have some
    cycles to come back to the news groups.
    Mike Poz [MSFT], Oct 15, 2007
  7. Snapper_Five

    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    Wow, you guys are vicious. =( Making me update something points to the
    personally beloved WMRK *and* references the long lost ASF Editor? That's
    killing history! .... ... Oh well.
    has been updated to just point people to the WMFE now. As always, just let
    me know when other sections need to be tweaked. I mostly update them as I
    run through them or have new information. I'm still percolating on the idea
    of ripping it apart into sub-FAQs. I *should*, but that seems so ...
    logical. And would require time I don't often have. =\

    I wish we had some more WMRK / WMP Bonus Pack level
    unofficial-but-interesting stuff. Oh well. =)


    zachd [MSFT], Oct 16, 2007
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