16th Jun 2006, 10:18
I've just acquired a copy of the CD that Airborne Artist is selling in aid of the British Legion on the Military Forum. It includes the TVAM GW1 video, "The Boys from Bahrain" and three other clips including one called "The Chase".
I cannot persuade the TVAM video to play on either my desktop or laptop computers and don't know what I am doing wrong. I've tried it with Windows Media Player which tries to download a new codec and then gives me an "errror downloading codec" message and then plays the soundtrack only, Real Player which tries to get an update and freezes, and QuickTime player which doesn't want to do anything. I've also tried it on the DVD player attached to my TV which which just says "wrong CD" and won't play any tracks at all.
Most of the other clips play OK on both computers although "The Chase" doesn't run on the desktop.
I'm running Win XP on both machines, Professional on the desktop and Home on the laptop.
Has anyone got any ideas where I might be going wrong?
16th Jun 2006, 12:51
what type of file is it, sounds like it could be a divx file? Download a free divx player and try that.
I have a similar problem. Windows Media Player recognises any downloaded tracks as "music', but all my CDs that I have copied onto my computer hard drive as 'other media', which don't appear in the list picked up by Windows Media Connect. ('Groundgripper', try clicking on the 'other media' tab and you might find your missing music files.)
I believe the problem lies in the fact that the CD music is missing an identifier that can be added to each track, but in the short time I have at home between trips, I have yet to discover how to go about this.
If anyone could show me the way, I'd appreciate it.
Conan the Librarian
16th Jun 2006, 14:43
I think it is a codec problem, but will let other wiser people elucidate on that score. I have a bunch of aviation clips that won't play, but have not got around to looking at the problem in any depth, as yet.
I still hate media player, or "WiMP" though...
16th Jun 2006, 15:21
Can I suggest downloading the K Lite Codec pack as it has pretty much every Codec going. Latest version (http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm)was released yesterday (15th June).
16th Jun 2006, 15:26
many thanks, Spanners, I tried the DivX download and it works.
According to the info displayed while it was playing, it is a .avi file - that doesn't mean much to me, I must admit, but I seem to remember playing other such files without problems in the past.
Certainly Windows Media Player did go on about needing a new codec, Conan, but DivX mentioned codec in the blurb on the web-page and I really haven't the faintest what it is talking about!
As always, the combined wisdom of PPRuNe triumphs.
A happy GG
16th Jun 2006, 15:35
.avi is a fairly common format however it depends on the way it was encoded, so you could see 1 .avi play in WiMP and another not, in this case it was a .avi encoded in the divx format. Divx I believe gives the same quality as standard .avi/mpg but is a smaller file abit like mp3 does for audio.
16th Jun 2006, 21:38
You could try downloading VLC and running your DVDs and video clips using it. It's a free download and seems to manage to run most video formats.
I have a similar problem to MTOW's. Some of my music files appear in the "All Music" folder of Windows Media Player, but the majority, (mostly music I've put onto the hard drive direct from CDs using ITunes), are in the "Other Media" folder.
Can anyone tell me how to move them into the "All Music" folder or have them recognised by the program as music files? Media player won't allow them to be moved between folders.