Windows Media Player doesn't rewind/fast forward on MPEG files?

Posted on 2007-10-04
Last Modified: 2013-12-07
I've got these MPG training videos, they play almost fine in Windows Media Player, I can seek with the slider bar, but the fast forward and rewind buttons are disabled.  Does WMP not support this for MPG files?  The codec WMP reports is simply "MPEG Video Decoder", and "MPEG Audio Decoder"

Fast forward and rewind DO work in QuickTime, which is the only other video player I have at work.

I have WMP version 11
Question by:JohnBPrice
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    Accepted Solution

    I'm not 100% sure, but WMP can only rewind and fast-forward WMV files.

    Anyway, you should use another player, like Media Player Classic or BSPlayer. They are far superior.
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    Assisted Solution

    WMP was never designed for DVD  playback, but will work when you have teh right coders installed such as Power DVD and or default dvd players have this natively.
    What happens if you gently drag the seek bar along a bit
    try pausing  the movie first
     WMP uses considerable video ram and causes drag. Lockups etc.
    Also playing from a cd and not off the HDD is even more unstable for rewinding etc. as the laser has to read over the disc
    If the movie is an avi no segments/chapters  like a dvd which has chapters.Then you can rewind FF to a new chapter.

    Preferred player is Media player classic as mentioned  and  VLC
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    Author Comment

    Merete, when I gently drag the seek bar, nothing happens until I let go, and then it pops to the new spot.  If the movie is playing, it continues playing until I let go.  If it is paused, it stays paused, but does pop to the new location when I let go.

    Also, these are files on a hard disk, not a CD nor DVD.

    Anyway, thanks for the input.
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    Expert Comment

    Thanks JohnBPrice. Glad I was able to assist you.

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