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Windows Media Player does not play audio with .mpg file

by joshua_sb / June 17, 2009 1:45 AM PDT


I downloaded a few videos from my HD digital camcorder to my computer and used the included software (ImageMixer 3 SE Ver. 5) to create both an MPEG-2 file and a DVD. When I play either of these with Windows Media Player 11, I can see the video just fine, but there is no audio. My laptop runs Windows XP Professional Version 2002 Service Pack 3.

I can get the DVD to play with sound when I use CyberLink PowerDVD, a DVD software program that I assume came with my laptop. Also, the DVD played just fine with sound when I played it on my wife's Mac laptop.

So, basically, it seems like the problem is with WMP.

When I first played the DVD on my PC laptop using PowerDVD, I had to change the region from Region Free to Region One as the DVD was recorded using Region One. Perhaps there is a similar region setting within WMP that I need to change? I have looked for it, but could not find it.

I would also be happy to take recommendations on other media players in place of WMP, if someone thinks that would be an easy solution. However, it would be nice for WMP to work because my parents would likely try to use that if they tried to play the DVD on their computer.


PS - If there is another thread that clearly answers my question, please just send me the link to that thread. I tried to search for one, but had no luck.

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VLC Player does work!
by joshua_sb / June 17, 2009 2:07 AM PDT

Okay, so from reading the message board, somebody suggested VLC Player, which I just downloaded, and it worked great. It also played my .mts files, which means I won't have to bother converting all of my videos.

Still, it would be nice for WMP to work.


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AC3Filter did the trick
by joshua_sb / June 17, 2009 4:34 AM PDT
In reply to: VLC Player does work!

So, I figured it out myself. I found that by installing AC3Filter, I got sound with my mpg files. I guess it was a "codec" issue. I'm not really sure, but AC3Filter is some kind of audio decoder. Anyway, problem resolved.


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You're right.
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 17, 2009 7:50 PM PDT

If you hadn't been so quick in solving this yourself, I would have suggested a codec issue, Happy

But anyway, good work on getting it sorted on your own.


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by joshua_sb / June 18, 2009 2:07 AM PDT
In reply to: You're right.

This is definitely one of the better forums I have found. Thanks for the confirmation that my diagnosis was right.


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Do you need extra software to fix this problem?
by shirohniichan / June 23, 2009 2:10 AM PDT
In reply to: Thanks!

I also have the pre-installed version of CyberLink PowerDirector that came with my desktop.

First I uploaded video files from the discs from my Mini-DVD camcorder, edited and produced (rendered) them using PowerDirector, and then attempted to add still photos and music using Microsoft Movie Maker. I found I couldn't add stills between scenes because the project I created on PowerDirector came out as one big video with no indexes. I added beginning titles and burned the result onto a DVD. The titles came out, but the 40 minutes of video came out entirely black (no audio, either).

In my next attempt I used only PowerDirector from start to finish. The video showed up, but I have no audio.

The desktop I'm using has no Internet access. Is there any way to get the audio track to play on a DVD player without having to download extra software? Is there something I can change in PowerDirector to have it include the audio?

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