Help with .avi file?

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  1. RB05

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    Hi I downloaded a file today but it wont play through WMP.



    Its a .avi file - this is it (name blocked out just in case)

    The.********.S*****.HR.HDTV.AC3.5.1.XviD-BamHD.avi

    In the file it was d/l'ed into - it automatically comes up with the WMP icon, so surely it should play?

    Any help would be great! :thumbsup:
     
  2. bu5ter

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    This doesnt look too legal to me but you may want to look into codecs?
     
  3. RB05

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    Cheers for the reply! What do you mean by codecs? Would I have to download the file again with codecs? :)
     
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    Or do a search for "xvid codec" if you prefer to use MP
     
  6. greg123

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    The best player by far for mpeg4 files is BSPlayer, a quick search on google will give you a download. It has far more options, uses less cpu and gives better results all round than MP. VLC is not too user friendly but can play most stuff out of the box so to speak.

    Windows decided to leave out most mpeg4 codecs thus making it pretty useless till you install some, tons out there but make sure it's from a reputable site. http://www.xvidmovies.com/codec/ I haven't used but lists the latest XVID codec. Codec installed + bsplayer installed = you should be able to play your movie fine.

    Some prefer (like me) the DIVX 1.1.1 codec which will also play xvid and some say it's better - http://www.divxmovies.com/codec/

    Greg.
     
  7. RB05

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    Thanks for that. :thumbsup: Tried everything you said there, but when I try to play via the bsplayer it just says "ERROR Cant open file"

    Any ideas
     
  8. zico martin

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    have you tried to convert the file with something like nero or winavi?
     
  9. RB05

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    Wouldnt even know how to tbh?
     
  10. Hkan

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    Are you trying to watch that file on your TV? or on the computer screen?

    Dont think it can be shown on an ordinarie TV as it seems to be an HDTV file.
    Dos it looks like WMP are playing the file?
     
  11. zico martin

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    you should be able to convert a file like this into a DVD format to enable you to watch it on your TV using the software I mentioned above - have a look here http://www.winavi.com/
     
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    Im just trying to watch it on the PC, I have no dvd burner, is this the problem do ye think?
     
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    download GSpot

    http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

    Open the avi with this & it will tell you which codec was used to make file. Then it a case of downloading the right codec, installing, and watching
     
  14. Jim Pixel

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    Just because it is an AVI type file and you have WMP, it doesn't mean that you will automatically be able to play the file... What version of WMP and Windows in general, do you have. AVIs don't just sit stagnent, they evolve like most other software. It may just be that you have a very new release of this type of AVI video file, which may require an updated codec or even a newer version of the mighty WMP to play it.. Speaking of the mighty WMP,, of all the multi format players out there, WMP is the one that looks as if it promises the most but really delivers the least - no wonder it comes free with Windows - it's crap. Most other players update regularly and handle lots of formats while WMP updates once in a blue moon and I have ruined Windows by installing these updates. They also don't handle some of the other oppositions format, like MOV, VOB files, now how stupid is that???

    In short - So your AVIs wont play in WMP.... Get another programme that will handle them. There are MULTITUDES of them out there, mostly better than WMP and lots of them are freeware...
     
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    Thanks for that :thumbsup: d/l'ed it and not sure if I did it right but open the file in Gspot and it told me it was a "invalid avi file due to corruption of the data in the header, this is serious and likely the file isnt playable" :suicide:
     
  16. Educated Guess

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    Go back to where you got the file and download another version.
     

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