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Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-21-2004, 9:02 AM Reply   
I was "given' a video file of Aeon Flux and when the media player tried to open it couldnt find a codec. How can you tell what codec you need? And where to get it? Thanks, scott
Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       01-21-2004, 10:03 AM Reply   
What does the file name end with? .avi, .mwv, .mov, .mpeg?
Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-21-2004, 12:05 PM Reply   
hmm...it just says its a "video clip".
Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-21-2004, 12:23 PM Reply   
looks like they're .avi Dunno why it doesnt show that way under properties tho.
Old    Kung Fu Wake & Video (dcervenka)      Join Date: Sep 2002       01-21-2004, 2:05 PM Reply   
You can try to download that latest Windows Media Player (version 9)

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/download/default.asp

If you are on XP do the following:
Do a Right-click on the file.
Select properties
Click the "Change" button.
This will list the full file name at the top of the pop-up window.
Report back what you see
Click "Cancel" twice to close out of the properties windows
Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-21-2004, 3:55 PM Reply   
its already at ver. 9. Its an .avi file. Above the tray area it tries to connect, then has an error recieving the codec? Does that make sense? scott
Old    toolfan (toolfan)      Join Date: Jul 2003       01-22-2004, 6:15 AM Reply   
get the DiVX Alpha plugin. search for it on google. download and install the latest version.

That may work.
Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-22-2004, 7:49 AM Reply   
okay...now I get "error downloading codec" from media player. I have no problem playing other files. I guess these just have a different codec? Thanks, scott
Old    Trash (trash)      Join Date: Jul 2001       01-22-2004, 1:28 PM Reply   
Go get a program called GSpot. It tells you exactly what codec you need to play the file (both audio and video)

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Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-22-2004, 2:19 PM Reply   
Got it. it needs Divx 5.0. Now what?

>>GSpot was unable to find a suitable codec installed, indicating that this media file not likely playable on this O/S at this time. To be able to play this media file, attempt to locate a suitable codec based on the Format and 4CC given above. Install the codec and then test again with GSpot after the codec has been installed.<<
Old    Christopher Stack (deepstructure)      Join Date: Jun 2002       01-22-2004, 2:57 PM Reply   
get divx 5.0.

http://www.divx.com/

you can also get good info on codecs here:

http://www.moviecodec.com/
Old    scott (scottay)      Join Date: Nov 2001       01-22-2004, 3:01 PM Reply   
well duh....got it. works now. Thanks all.

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