Why no codec updates for Media Player (QuickTime has all the new ones for free)

Discussion in 'Windows Media Player' started by Lars-Erik Østerud, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. Why is there no free downloades for 3GP, AMR, H.264 etc for Windows
    Media Player? Alle sites I find has condecs, but they are not free.

    QuickTime has them all included in the free download version :-(

    Tries installing the latest "Storm" codecs for Media Player, but
    that only causes a crash each time I try to play a file :-(((

    Anyone know where to get working 3GP, AMR and G.264 condect for WMP?
     
    Lars-Erik Østerud, Sep 25, 2005
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  2. Your question can best be answered by reposting in the
    "Windows Media Player" newsgroup:

    Visit the "Official" Windows Media Player Newsgroup:
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    Windows Media Player FAQ
    http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/faq.aspx

    Windows Media Player: WMP mini FAQ (Excellent Site!)
    http://www.nwlink.com/~zachd/pss/pss.html

    Windows Media Player Support Center
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=FH;[LN];wmp

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    | Why is there no free downloades for 3GP, AMR, H.264 etc for Windows
    | Media Player? Alle sites I find has condecs, but they are not free.
    |
    | QuickTime has them all included in the free download version :-(
    |
    | Tries installing the latest "Storm" codecs for Media Player, but
    | that only causes a crash each time I try to play a file :-(((
    |
    | Anyone know where to get working 3GP, AMR and G.264 condect for WMP?
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    Carey Frisch [MVP], Sep 25, 2005
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  3. Install QuickTime to get the codec's. You don't have to use the program. The
    installed codec's should be usable by all media programs.

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    Richard Urban [MVP], Sep 25, 2005
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  4. Richard Urban [MVP] skrev:
    But it isn't. I can playback 3GP and AMR files on QuickTime, but in
    Media Player if I force 3GP to open there there is no sound, and
    sometimes the image is upside down :) AMR files won't play :-(

    Nokia PC Suite installs the codec, but removes them when it's
    uninstalled (anyone know how to just install the codecs :)
     
    Lars-Erik Østerud, Sep 25, 2005
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  5. Lars-Erik Østerud

    V Green Guest

    Start>>Control Panel>>Sounds and Audio Devices>>
    Hardware>>Video Codecs>>Properties>>Properties

    Are the relevant codecs listed there?

    If so, then miserable POS WMP is broken yet again, or, my personal
    theory, has been written to NOT recognize certain CODEC's
    in order to assure MS's World Domination of Multimedia Formats.

    If they're listed, try a third party player - Media Player Classic
    comes to mind:

    https://sourceforge.net/project/showfiles.php?group_id=82303&release_id=314365
     
    V Green, Sep 25, 2005
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  6. Lars-Erik Østerud

    Zarax Guest

    Please cut that MS world domination mantra, it's childish, unrelated and non
    constructive.
    WMP reads all directshow compliant codecs that you install, this means that
    as long as you write it following the standard it will work.

    On the other side, both quicktime and realmedia are closed standards and
    they don't have directshow compliant codecs.
    Although you can use the "alternative" for both codecs that's not something
    supported and the legality of the thing is quite dubious.

    Last, but not least please PLEASE do not install codec packs, it's the
    quickest way to kill WMP and get spyware included.

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    Zarax, Sep 25, 2005
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  7. Zarax skrev:
    But then MS had to release widly used codecs for WMP (like 3GP and
    AMR), when they don't people use QuickTime or install Codec packs!
     
    Lars-Erik Østerud, Sep 25, 2005
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  8. Lars-Erik Østerud

    V Green Guest

    Wow, get a sense of humor, dude.
    You'll live longer...

     
    V Green, Sep 25, 2005
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  9. Lars-Erik Østerud

    V Green Guest

    Lars-

    Were the CODEC's listed in the place I had
    you look?
     
    V Green, Sep 25, 2005
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  10. Were the CODEC's listed in the place I had
    Is there a way to copy this list?
    What codecs should I look for for 3GP and AMR?

    Also AMR should be a audio codec right?
     
    Lars-Erik Østerud, Sep 25, 2005
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  11. Lars-Erik Østerud

    Zarax Guest

    You know, irony works quite bad online...
    I've seen too many flamewars start from stuff like that so I tend to refrain
    form that...

    Anyways, there's a few guys at the www.wmwiki.com forums that are trying to
    create a WMP friendly codec pack, so far it works fine with most codecs but
    you can post suggestions if you think there are missing ones...




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    Zarax, Sep 26, 2005
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    Sunny Guest

    Have you browsed here ?
    http://www.free-codecs.com/download/GSpot.htm
     
    Sunny, Sep 26, 2005
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  13. You know Zarax you are absolutely right about this, "PLEASE do not install
    codec packs." Not even the Microsoft ones for Windows Media Player 6.4 are
    any good. Some codecs must be installed like the DivX codecs and XViD but
    other than that they should be installed as stand alone and NOT from codec
    packs.

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    George Hester, Oct 2, 2005
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  14. I find GSpot to not be very good. In some cases it can be but usually is
    not. Here is a better one:

    http://avicodec.duby.info/

    Use AVICodec. It's the best for identifying Codecs that may be needed.
     
    George Hester, Oct 2, 2005
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    Wesley Vogel Guest

    I use GSpot.exe myself.

    Here is another.

    SHERLOCK - The Codec Detective!
    Created By Marc Liron - Microsoft MVP - Digital Media
    http://sherlock.corecodec.org/

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    Wesley Vogel, Oct 2, 2005
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