Which Codecs for Windows Media Player?

Hi everyone

I’ve downloaded a file and I can hear it but I can’t see it. I understand that I’m missing some codecs (even though I’ve no idea what they are)!!!

Does anybody know how I know which one’s I’m missing or which codecs I need to be able to view it please?

Many thanks for any help or advice that you can give me.

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I suggest to use VLC player. That’s free, and no codec is needed to be installed in the computer (it already has everything). If you don’t want install a new software, VLC is also available as portable (simply download the zip version and unpack it in any folder (even an USB pendrive)

Wow that’s a quick response Geno888 thank you.

I’ll download that one and see how I get on.

Thanks again :flower:

You’re welcome :slight_smile:

VLC will work.

but i prefer ‘The KMPlayer’ myself.

both are FREE.

Both are good products and you don’t need to add codecs.

Does anyone know if the K-lite codec pack is any good please as I don’t want to download it if it’s not a good one to use?

Thank you.

[QUOTE=NBR;2177860]VLC will work.

but i prefer ‘The KMPlayer’ myself.

both are FREE.[/QUOTE]

Thanks for that Bean55 I’m just going to have a look at this one now.

:slight_smile:

Please don’t think I’m ignoring the above suggestions because I’m not but just to satisfy something that’s bugging me - how do I know or find out what codecs I need for windows media player - does anyone know?

Thank you all again. :slight_smile:

Usually, I wait until something doesn’t play, then find out the codec used in the video, then go find the codec and install it. Its piecemeal, but rarely causes conflicts.

I normally don’t advise getting codec packs because they are the shotgun approach to the problem of video not playing. They are convenient for many however, and some are pretty well put together. The one I’ve heard some good news about is CCCP. http://www.cccp-project.net/
It doesn’t try to shoehorn every single codec into the package, but will support most formats. Look through their FAQ’s here: http://www.cccp-project.net/wiki/index.php?title=FAQ

[QUOTE=beachbabe;2177945]Please don’t think I’m ignoring the above suggestions because I’m not but just to satisfy something that’s bugging me - how do I know or find out what codecs I need for windows media player - does anyone know?

Thank you all again. :)[/QUOTE]

beachbabe

Here is Microsofts answers on that.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/faq/codec.mspx

This one specificly :

Q. How do I tell what codec was used to compress a file or what codecs are installed on my computer?
A. There isn’t an absolute way to do this, but the following are your best options:

• To determine what codec was used with a specific file, play the file in the Player, if possible. While the file is playing, right-click the file in the library, and then click Properties. On the File tab, look at the Audio codec and Video codec sections.

• Use a non-Microsoft tool, such as GSpot Codec Information Appliance or Sherlock–The Codec Detective.

Note that a file can be compressed by more than one codec. For example, one codec might be used to compress the audio portion of a file and another codec might be used to compress the video portion of a file. If you have the right audio codec installed on your computer but not the right video codec, when you play the file you’ll probably be able to hear the sound but you won’t be able to see the picture.

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2177958]Usually, I wait until something doesn’t play, then find out the codec used in the video, then go find the codec and install it. Its piecemeal, but rarely causes conflicts.

I normally don’t advise getting codec packs because they are the shotgun approach to the problem of video not playing. They are convenient for many however, and some are pretty well put together. The one I’ve heard some good news about is CCCP. http://www.cccp-project.net/
It doesn’t try to shoehorn every single codec into the package, but will support most formats. Look through their FAQ’s here: http://www.cccp-project.net/wiki/index.php?title=FAQ[/QUOTE]

Hey Kerry56 how does that compare to cole2k advance 7 codec pac? I know some mkv files seem to pause or skip when using cole2k but haven’t tried CCCP??

Can’t really answer that one coolcolors, as I haven’t used the cole2k codec pac.

There are some advantages to cccp, due to their basic idea of keeping the package as light as possible and still play the major types of video. And they are still developing the codec pack and have an active forum to answer questions or help with problems. But that is about the limit of my knowledge of them. I’m more the one codec at a time sort you know.

[quote=beachbabe;2177938]Does anyone know if the K-lite codec pack is any good please as I don’t want to download it if it’s not a good one to use?

Thank you.[/quote]

Have have this codec pack installed on my XP machine. I love this pack and would recommend this one to someone if they wanted to install a codec pack.

Link: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm

:cool::cool:

[quote=platinumsword;2178179]Have have this codec pack installed on my XP machine. I love this pack and would recommend this one to someone if they wanted to install a codec pack.

Link: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm

:cool::cool:[/quote]

Opps, one less have. Dam happy fingers.

:cool::cool:

[QUOTE=Kerry56;2177958]Usually, I wait until something doesn’t play, then find out the codec used in the video, then go find the codec and install it. Its piecemeal, but rarely causes conflicts.

That’s just what I wanted to do and was trying to find out how but didn’t know how to but now that Bean55 has explained then hopefully I should be able to find that out.

Thanks Kerry56 :flower:

[QUOTE=platinumsword;2178179]Have have this codec pack installed on my XP machine. I love this pack and would recommend this one to someone if they wanted to install a codec pack.

Link: http://www.free-codecs.com/download/K_Lite_Codec_Pack.htm

:cool::cool:[/QUOTE]

That’s really good to hear thanks Platinumsword but can I ask you please what’s the difference between a codec pack and what I was looking for?

Sorry for asking but it’s all really confusing to me! :frowning:

[QUOTE=bean55;2178036]beachbabe

Here is Microsofts answers on that.

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/faq/codec.mspx

This one specificly :[/QUOTE]

Thanks ever so much for that Bean55 I was trying to find that out last night and was looking for ages but couldn’t find it :doh:

I think I looked at everything but that one, typical the one I wanted. I was re-directed to that many different parts of microsoft that I just got totally confused by it all! Can’t wait to get home tonight and sort it out as it’s really been bugging me.

Anyway thanks a million again you’re a star :flower:

Can I just say a great big thank you to everyone for all your help and advice on this it’s very much appreciated :kiss: :kiss: :kiss:

Keep up the good work - we newbies couldn’t do it without you.

:bow: :bow: :bow:

i’ve downloaded once the codec pack without avail, i’m using mostly vlc.