Weird colors with .wmv files in Windows Media Player 9

By moriarty
Nov 15, 2012
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  1. I missed a couple of BBC programmes and can NEVER get iPlayer to work, so I downloaded the programmes as .wmv files.

    When I run them in WMP the colours are bizarre. To illustrate this I did a 'print screen', but when I saved and re-opened the image the WMP screen was black, though the rest of the screen was fine. Instead I had to photograph the screen, and though the quality is grim, you can probably get the idea!

    Other .wmv files (installed with Windows) run perfectly.

    Anyone know what the problem is?



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  2. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 753   +53

  3. moriarty

    moriarty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Thanks for the suggestions, but no-go I'm afraid.

    mpc-hc says "Cannot render the file". vlc produces a similar result to WMP, only even worse!
  4. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 753   +53

    Changing video settings might help. Go to Tools > Preferences, the click on Video on the left. In the Display section, try changing the Output. On my work laptop (Dell Latitude E6400), I've got "DirectX (Direct Draw) video output" selected. I don't remember what the setting is on my desktop.

    Edit: Maybe it's a DRM issue. Found this:
  5. moriarty

    moriarty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Tried all the settings in the 'output' list - no change, and there's no problem with the download.

    Thanks for trying, but I'm going to give it up. It's only TV programmes after all!

  6. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 753   +53

    I'm curious about these wmv files, can you provide a link (assuming the web site will let me access even though I'm located in the US)? Thanks.
  7. moriarty

    moriarty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    One of the programmes in question is here. If you click on "download options" and on "for Windows Media Player" you may be able to download, though I am also unsure if it will work for you.
  8. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 6,302   +326

    Well, I just tried it here in the states & can't get it. BBC Iplayer.jpg
  9. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 753   +53

    I was able to download and play the file after changing the proxy setting. Because of DRM, looks like it'll only play in WMP, which by the way, I'm using ver 12 on Win7.

    Not too familiar w/ videos w/ DRM and WMP, I'll have to do some research. I wonder if updating WMP would resolve this?




  10. moriarty

    moriarty TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 21

    Tried upgrading to WMP 11 (for XP) but didn't work. Tried a free wmv player, got in a tangle, and now I'm going to have a long job getting it uninstalled! I'm definitely giving up on this now, but thanks for your efforts.

  11. Rabbit01

    Rabbit01 TS Evangelist Posts: 753   +53

    That sucked. Although not properly, I wonder why it didn't give you an error message and played the file? The videos definitely have to be played w/ WMP due to DRM protection.

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