WMP is by Microsoft which does not support what they call "rogue codecs." The longer version is video encoding is still a hotly contested intellectual property battle and MS doesn't have to support "rogue codecs." Once this sinks in, you can install the codec or players you need, but I've see what happens when people "load up" with every codec you see at http://www.moviecodec.com
It's not pretty.
Over time I aquired 3 or 4 movie clips. However WMP will not play any of them. As I recall real player wouldn't either.
You know the drill, error message saying a codec may be missing etc. My quetion is how does one even know what codec they need? Maybe a better question is, Why not just install all codecs?
I mean does it hurt anything if one could do this? Aren't they stored all in one place just in case we need one? If this is a possibility, would one of you gents or ladies point me to a site?
I'd rather just install what I can or is available, rather than trying to figure out what I need. If I have to determine what is needed, I doubt I'll ever be watching those clips. lol