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WMV files:  missing codec

I'm attempting to play some CBTnuggets videos and when I attempt to play with either Windows Media or GOM player, I keep receiving a message stating that I have the wrong codec or it's missing....how do I resolve this issue?

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Amitabh SinghCloud Architect

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Hi did you try VLC media player ?   , if not try it its one of best media player

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Hi,

You can download codec from here:
1. K Lite, http://www.divx.com/en/software/divx-plus/codec-pack
They have codec for most video format, which will allow your apps to play that video format.

2. DIVX, http://www.divx.com/en/software/divx-plus/codec-pack
Divx also offer a lot of codec too, and they do have player by their own.

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Hi

You could also try any of the "K-Lite" codecs: http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm
I have not had a single codec issue for the last 3 years with this codec pack.

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Opps, I paste worng link, Moomin83 have fiex that.
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I'd rather see if we can diagnose if there is a problem here rather than throw VLC at everyone as quick fix, he may want to play them in windows media player and solve that
Gom Player is installed and it will do the same thing as VLC install the direct draw codec for video but often times the audio aspect is completely overlooked.

ee4itpro2,
Drop one these CBTnuggets videos onto Gspot
Establishes what video and audio codecs are required to play any video.
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/GSpot
It will analyse one of them instantly and tell you if it's a problem with the file or a missing codec in either video or audio
check what audio is used please.
If these use ac3 in the audio explains why WMP won't play it
Just install ac3 filter
http://ac3filter.net/
Then WMP should play it just fine.
Post back your results please with a screen shot of Gspot analyses I'll take a look at what codecs have been used
Girard Andrew Tabañag, MBA, MITSystems and Business Analyst
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There is a great open-source media center application called XBMC.

You may want to check it out at http://xbmc.org/download/

There are downloads for various platforms.

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Merete, Hi!

Here's the GPot screen shot

Thanks!
Dennis Capewell
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Oh thankyou Dennis,
shall we continue to round it off?
the problem here is WMV3> the ASF.
Did installing ac3 solve that?
Gom player should play these
Also did you save these first to your desktop? since they are within the temporary internet folder?
Save it first.
Codec status is undetermined which means the location maybe a problem or you may need to upgrade WMP9 to WMP 11 if you have XP and WMP 12 windows 7 and Vista
WMV3 codec
http://www.movavi.com/codec/WMV3.html
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=507

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Yes installing ac3 made it play, thanks! Ii have Windows 7 Ultimate. I saw only codec for WMP9 from your links? Where do Ii get codec for WMP12? Did I  miss it? Thanks
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Um I guess so :P it was at the top of the main page Download
the link was to offer you choices but I wouldn't recomend it now that I know you have WMP 12 and windows 7 Ultimate
idmcape WMP 12 should have played them, is WMP your default player?
 if they play now no worries.
I have windows 7 prof and WMP 12  plays most things,
 I had to assign the video in the files types.
I only installed AC3 and ffdshow codecs
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/ffdshow
thanks I really wanted to know if the ac3 solved it, excellent.
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JFI
On the web page it was this download link but it's dated for 2004
http://www.microsoft.com/download/en/details.aspx?id=6220
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That is a windows 7 codec pack
Would apply to everything including WMP.
Package Overview:
http://www.windows7codecs.com/
http://www.codecguide.com/
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lol you already have most of it
That is why I just installed the stand alone codecs
Package Components:
¿ ffdshow Video Codec 20110922 x86 Revision 3984 by clsid.
¿ ffdshow Video Codec 20110915 x64 Revision 3982 by clsid.
¿ XviD 1.3.2 Video (Encoder) Codec.
¿ Microsoft - Windows Media 9 Video Codec 9.0.1.369.
¿ Flash Video Splitter 1.4.2499 x86 & x64.

¿ AC3Filter 1.63b x86 & x64.
¿ AC3File 0.7b x86 & x64.
¿ Spdifer 0.3b x86 & x64.

¿ DivX ACM Codec 4.1.
¿ Lame MP3 3.98.2 ACM Codec.
¿ DSP-worx Bass source filter 1.11.

¿ Haali Media Splitter 03/03/11 x86 & x64 - For MP4, MKV, OGM and AVI container files.
¿ Matroska Source Splitter 1.4.2499 x86 & x64.
¿ MP4 Source Splitter 1.4.2499 x86 & x64.
¿ MPEG Source Splitter 1.4.2499 x86 & x64.
¿ RealMedia Source Splitter 1.4.2499 x86 & x64.

¿ VSFilter 2.39.5 x86 & 2.37 x64 - Subtitle Readers.
¿ CDXA Reader 1.4.2499 - Also known as Form 2 Mode 2 CD or XCD x86 & x64.
¿ GSpot Codec Information Appliance 2.70a.

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Interesting! Now one more thing...it seems Ii have to reboot to get it to play after closing browser (after having played ok). Can you possibly tell me how to fix that? Thanks so much! I am using Firefox 5 right now. But tried with IE9 and seems to do same thing. Ii hit the AC3 filiter again before opening but that doesn't help. Must reboot.
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it seems Ii have to reboot to get it to play after closing browser<< please explain
I dont know where your problem is?

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Hi Merete!

wmv files seem to open reliably now. But asf files do not.

Problem is that asf files work once after reboot but if Ii close browser and try to re-open the asf files no longer work. However, the wmv continute to open and work fine.

I've tried clearing cache...doesn't help. Here is location of one of non-working files. (Ii am use AC3 filter also.) http://c556439.r39.cf2.rackcdn.com/mrobinson.asf

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Hi dmcape are yu trying to play this in wmp?
is it imbedded in a web page?
My WMP doesnt support or allow me to drag and play
this file is a htm it plays in VLC for me
Try VLC download it then open then go to view tick >playlist
drop the URL onto VLC playlist
then double click it
it wil play it
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/VLC-media-player
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Gspot analyses and proposed codecs report
If you want to know.. Use VLC or media player classic for your video stuff
http://www.videohelp.com/tools/Media-Player-Classic-Home-Cinema

Funny thing
I never received an email that my answer was accepted with your question?
Wonder what happened there.
Ok gota go
Best wishes
Merete
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Sorry Merete! I just now said yes your comment was helpful...forgot to do that before...my apologies. But with your help I got it to work and yes VLC does play it fine. fyi GOM plays it also. Thanks again! Dennis
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Thankyou dmcape
good to know it's re-solved.
oh and happy new year
cheers

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