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WMV1 Codec Problem

By sol1109
Mar 23, 2009
  1. Still fine tuning new system and ran into a problem with media player 11. I get the message "A codec is required to play this file. To determine if this codec is available to download from the Web, click Web Help." when I do click web help I am told that I need codec WMV1 from media player 7.1. The problem I run into is that the only download choices are 98/me/2000 and I have XP-Pro.
     
  2. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Very weird, but yes, WMP and windows XP in general tends not to have many codecs installed. What you could do is download VLC player, which comes with its own compressed (and therefore, not the best quality, but you might not notice their not terrible) codecs and will be able to play virtually anything.
    OR
    You could download a codec pack, I know k-Lite mega pack will provide WMP with the necessary codecs to play pretty much everything, I just tried it. If you do chose K-Lite mega codec pack, you would chose the appropriate selection (Lots of stuff, View only, Viewing and compiling, Lots of stuff with Media Player Classic...), all you really need to play media on WMP is the viewing one, but you will not be able to create, convert, or edit videos using K-Lite's codecs while lots of stuff should give you the complete package. Media Player Classic is a small optional media player you can install along with the codecs. I personally love MPC, it can, of course, open (via directshow) any media file you have codecs for, which should be 99% excluding weird ones like nintendo GBA and NDS formats.
     
  3. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    vlc player does not play all videos.
    KM player is free.
    but to configure WMP download any all of the following codecs:

    xp codec pack 2.4.6
    xvid 1.2.1-041122008
     
  4. sol1109

    sol1109 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 43

    Thanks Tedster I think I will try the XP sugestion after having looked at the web site. Is it truly free with no pop ups or other anoying hidden issues?

    I tried the same wmv files that give me trouble in WMP on my Nero 7 Install and I get audio but no video.
     
  5. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Most, enough for 99%+ of people.

    Nero should have proper codecs, not that ive ever used nero. Can you verify the files are not corrupt or something?
     
  6. sol1109

    sol1109 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 43

    The file plays on another computer that has an older history of WMP upgrades not starting cold from V11. I just tried the XP Codec pak and still no joy. The included media player clasic provides the following information on the problem.

    Media Type 0:
    --------------------------
    Video: Windows Media Video 7 320x240 30.00fps 189Kbps

    AM_MEDIA_TYPE:
    majortype: MEDIATYPE_Video {73646976-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
    subtype: Unknown GUID Name {31564D57-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
    formattype: FORMAT_VideoInfo {05589F80-C356-11CE-BF01-00AA0055595A}
    bFixedSizeSamples: 0
    bTemporalCompression: 1
    lSampleSize: 0
    cbFormat: 88

    VIDEOINFOHEADER:
    rcSource: (0,0)-(320,240)
    rcTarget: (0,0)-(320,240)
    dwBitRate: 189000
    dwBitErrorRate: 0
    AvgTimePerFrame: 333333

    BITMAPINFOHEADER:
    biSize: 40
    biWidth: 320
    biHeight: 240
    biPlanes: 1
    biBitCount: 24
    biCompression: WMV1
    biSizeImage: 14739
    biXPelsPerMeter: 0
    biYPelsPerMeter: 0
    biClrUsed: 0
    biClrImportant: 0

    pbFormat:
    0000: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 40 01 00 00 f0 00 00 00 ........@...ð...
    0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 40 01 00 00 f0 00 00 00 ........@...ð...
    0020: 48 e2 02 00 00 00 00 00 15 16 05 00 00 00 00 00 Hâ..............
    0030: 28 00 00 00 40 01 00 00 f0 00 00 00 01 00 18 00 (...@...ð.......
    0040: 57 4d 56 31 93 39 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 WMV1“9..........
    0050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........
     
  7. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    What codecs do you have installed right now and what is the file extention? I still think this is a codec problem because Nero and MPC rely on system codecs. If you havn't already, download K-lite's mega codec package.
     
  8. sol1109

    sol1109 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 43

    K-lite was no help either. The file extension is wmv and the error site media player takes me to reads as follows.

    Windows Media Player Error Message Help
    You've encountered error message C00D10D1 while using Windows Media Player. The following information might help you troubleshoot the issue.

    Codec is missing
    Windows Media Player cannot play the file (or cannot play either the audio or video portion of the file) because the Windows Media Video 7 (WMV1) codec is not installed on your computer.

    The missing codec might be available to download from the Internet. To search for the Windows Media Video 7 (WMV1) codec, see WMPlugins.com.

    If I try to install this codec from the recomended web site I cannot since the only download choices are for 98/me/2000.
     
  9. hellokitty[hk]

    hellokitty[hk] Hello, nice to meet you! Posts: 3,435   +145

    Hmm...thats really weird, if playing with MPC with k-lite codecs doesn't work, I don't know what will.
    You could just try and install the older windows codecs and see if it works.
     
  10. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    no pop-ups that I know of. I've used KM and the other codecs for WMP as well.
     
  11. Tedster

    Tedster Techspot old timer..... Posts: 6,000   +15

    Nero is bloated and is very difficult to remove - much like roxio. I don't recommend it. There are too many open source software alternatives out there. I've already mentioned 3.
     
  12. sol1109

    sol1109 TS Member Topic Starter Posts: 43

    I did and they only can be downloaded to 98/me/2000. No XP choice.
     
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