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How do I play MPEG and WMV movies on my new iMac?

by slobizman / June 29, 2008 8:19 AM PDT

I'm converting from a PC to a iMac and am having trouble with movies playing that I've transferred. My MPEG movies show on the Mac as File Type "MPEG Movie" and my WMV files show as File Type "Plain Text". When I click either of these on it gives me an error that says the files are not movie files and they cannot be played.

What do I have to do to get these movies to play on the Mac?


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Go to Google and
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 29, 2008 9:17 AM PDT

put in Flip4Mac.

You will need the free version which is downloadable from the MS website. You will find a link for it on the Flip4Mac website.

Microsoft gave up trying to make a decent WMV player for the Mac and is sponsoring the free download of Flip4Mac player.

Once installed, your WMV files should open with no problem at all.

Let us know how you get on


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Thanks, and I've found isquint
by slobizman / June 29, 2008 9:40 AM PDT
In reply to: Go to Google and

Thanks, I'll go check it out. I had just found iSquint, which is converting my movies and placing them in iTunes. Seems to work pretty well, especially considering it's free and my movies are low-med quality.

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(NT) Can't beat the price!
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 29, 2008 9:45 PM PDT
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Some other apps/plug-ins to check out.
by fishbonesonwhite / July 2, 2008 10:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Can't beat the price!

If you want a desktop app to do this, get visual hub which is isquirt's big brother and it can covert just about anything into anything. It costs about $20-$30 and it's worth every penny.

Another good plug-in for quicktime is perian. It supports about every other codec besides wmv but worth hooking this bad boy up.

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