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Having an Issue with Audio and/or Video Codecs :(

by MrOrdun / February 2, 2013 12:07 PM PST


I've been searching everywhere on the internet for a solution to this but could not find one single good answer. Sad
hence my desperation of making an account here, just to seek direct help.

My problem is whenever I attempt to open one of my Videos in Windows Media Player (they're all AVI format), I get varying results, but none of them good.

1. I get the message "An audio codec is needed to play this file. To determine if this codec is available to download from the Web, click Web Help."

2. the the Video plays with no Image and only Audio.

3. The Video freezes at the first frame and can't go any further than that.

now from all of my research, It seems like Codecs are the issue, so going with what everyone else was doing, I used a program called GSpot that determines what codecs are used in specific videos, and I got this

I continued searching for a solution concerning the results of GSpot and was told that "BI_RGB Raw Bitmap" is not a codec, but a format, there for no Video Codec is needed, and that PCM Audio is a built in Codec for Windows XP (which I have and says its working)
So I kind of got stuck on what to do from there.

for what might be useful information, I believe the videos stopped working when my computer crashed and I had to switch to a different Hard-drive and re-install Windows, then get the Drivers back, and I'm on a old Dell Desktop with Windows XP.

Other things that might help figure this out.

The Origin of the AVI Video's are exported from Macromedia Flash Professional 8

and my computer details :
Operating System: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition (5.1 Build 2600)

Language: English (Regional Setting: English)

System Manufacturer: Dell Inc.

System Model: Vostro 200

BIOS: Phoenix - AwardBIOS v6.00PG

Processor: Intel(R) Celeron(R) CPU 420 @ 1.60GHz

Memory: 2550MB RAM

Page file: 902MB used, 3536MB available

DirectX Version: DirectX9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)

I can also show you all the Video and Audio Codecs currently on my computer if you need to, maybe you'll know if somethings missing or not.

please note that viewing the videos isn't my actual goal, rather that all my other problems with this are connected to the video's not working in WMP, so fixing that should fix the others. purchasing things is also not an option for me, all I ask is to return my computer to how it was when it came to using these video's.

Please help If you can :o

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That's why I use VLC Player a lot.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 3:33 AM PST

If you want to learn more about CODECS, go find MEDIA INFO.

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by pgc3 / February 3, 2013 3:39 AM PST

Yeah Bob I totally agree, VLC player pretty much covers the field and I use it as the main player of several set ups. Way back when you typically did the AVI Codec pack download but VLC pretty much does it all it is a better way to go.

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And not to mention the CODEC malware/trojan issue.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 3:43 AM PST
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by MrOrdun / February 3, 2013 5:36 AM PST

None of you helped but I fixed it Happy

for future reference, in case other people run into this, The problem was that after the re-installation of Windows, I was missing Flash Player, which is required to the use of video's exported from Macromedia Flash Professional 8.

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Good to read.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 3, 2013 6:10 AM PST
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But as you read your posts you never revealed where these came from. In this post you did.

In spite of that, VLC Player should have been able to play them and it has an INFORMATION tab/screen which could have revealed what encoder was used and needed.

Wish folk were more psychic.

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