Can't download codec

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by gstar56, Sep 9, 2004.

  1. gstar56

    gstar56 Guest

    I copied an mpeg file from Windows Media Center 2004 to Windows 2000
    Professional. The file plays fine on the Media Center using Windows Media
    Player 9.0, but will not play on the Windows 2000 Professional using Windows
    Media Player 9.0. I can play the mpeg located on the Windows 2000
    Professional from the Windows Media Center 2004 via an intranet connection.
    What's up????
    gstar56, Sep 9, 2004
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  2. Are you absolutely 100% that it's an MPEG file ? What does
    File->Properties say when you look at it with the playing video over
    the intranet ?

    I do wonder whether you've got an dvr-ms file type and the extenstion
    is hidden : Check here for details on this file type.;en-us;Q316992#14 for

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Sep 9, 2004
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  3. gstar56

    gstar56 Guest

    As far as I can tell, I have an mpeg file. It is a home movie that I
    captured from my VCR using ArcSoft ShowBiz 2.0 and saved to the hard drive as
    an mpeg2 on Media Center 2004. When I check the file properties before
    running it, it says
    Type of file: Movie file(mpeg).

    If I check the file properties during playback via the intranet or locally
    on the Media Center 2004, I get the exact same data.
    It says
    Media type: Video
    Audio codec: WMplug
    Video codec: InterVideo Video Decoder

    It just won't run locally on the Windows 2000 Professional. It tries to
    download a codec, but says error in downloading the codec. Then an error
    message says the file is either corrupt or not in a format that Media Player
    9.0 can run. I can run the file using Media Player 9.0 on Media Center 2004
    either locally or over an intranet. Any other ideas????
    gstar56, Sep 11, 2004
  4. OK we're getting somewhere, it sounds like an MPEG2 file. These are
    usually found on DVDs (they're the VOB files on the disk) and I guess
    "Arcsoft" has converted to a DVD format - the codec in use 'InterVideo
    decoder" sounds right, as Intervideo do DVD software players.

    So - can you playback DVD disks on your Win2000 system ? If not, you
    may need to get a DVD player installed on the Win2000 box. That should
    provide the appropriate codec to play back the MPEG.

    The reason they're not included or downloadable for WMP is because the
    codecs require a commercial licence, which has to be paid for (by
    somebody) and WMP is free so they coudn't really include those codecs.

    On an MCE, presumably you paid top dollar, and so they get thrown in
    as part of the package (and because DVD playing is one of its
    functions ;-)

    Cheers - Neil
    Neil Smith [MVP Digital Media], Sep 12, 2004
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