AVI Movie File Problems

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  1. DVD+R

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    Well this has me totally Bamboozled :blink: I downloaded a Movie (aka Torrent File) and it finished downloading fine, but the moment I try and play it it comes up with unsupported file type or may not be an AVI file :blink:

    Windows Media Player says: Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.

    I've installed ffdshow and the Vista Codecs Pack but I cant get it to play or even to show up as a AVI Movie file. I've checked the file extension,and it reports it as .avi but still it wont play. There is a software available that will fix this, but I cant remember what it is :( Help! Please, or If you know of any other way of getting this file to play so I can convert it to DVD format.
     
  2. Peter2150

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    I can't think of the full name now, and it's on a VM machine, but google for AVI players and look for something with zoom in the name. I'll bet it will work.

    Pete
     
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    Could try VLC player if it is supported by Vista, it plays most things.
     
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    I use media player classic, combined community codec pack for 70s anime/fansubs but not sure about vista.

    comparison
     
  5. Arup

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    Use KLite Mega Codec Pack, has all the stuff including Media Player Classic or will let you configure your existing WMP to play all including Real Media.
     
  6. WSFuser

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    Try the Media Player Classic installer from the VCP homepage. If you still cant play teh avi, post in the VCP thread and Shark should be able to help.
     
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    Zoom Player (?)
     
  9. DVD+R

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    tried everyone of these sugestions, and none work o_O apparently it says its not a true avi file o_O then what on earth is it o_O still for the life of me cant remember that program that converts these files to the correct format o_O
     
  10. Seer

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    It could be a fake divx file. I came accross a few in my P2P experience, fake divx movies, that is. Really annoying stuff.

    As a last resort you could try DivFix, a software used to repair badly downloaded divx movies. If you succeed, please report back as I am very curious about this. Of course, I never managed to fix a fake movie... it's just a bunch of useless data...
    There are alternatives to DivFix, but I can't remember their names at the moment. Basically they do the same thing, if one of them can't fix the movie, the other one will fail too. That is my experience anyway.

    Cheers.
     
  11. tradetime

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    If the torrent site has a forum you could attempt to ask in there, what it is encoded with, many do and the uploader will usually furnish the necessary info.
     
  12. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    Change the extension to .mpg.
    See if that helps.
    Mrk
     
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    Hello,
    Did you try my suggestion? Sometimes, it's as simple as that.
    Cheers,
    Mrk
     
  16. Seer

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    A file (video in this case) does not need to have an extension to be recognized by a player/viewer/whatever app. It could as well be extensionless. An extension AFAIK is good for double-clicking only. I sincerely doubt that simple changing of the extension would be of much help :)

    If this is the only video file that won't play on OP's puter, I still say that we have a fake divx here...
     
  17. Mrkvonic

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    Hello,
    I have encountered this error a few times on XP.
    Changed the extension from avi to mpg and vice versa and it worked.
    It only takes 5 seconds, so why not ...
    Mrk
     
  18. tradetime

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    At this stage I'd agree, worth a try but I wouldn't expect too much. For a laugh / curiosity I have changed file extensions on movie files to things like .dat, whilst you get a warning about the file may not be usable, and have to select the program to open it from a list it still plays ok.
     
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    I think Seer was right :) nothing would open that damn file so I downloaded the same movie in kvcd format and burned it with Nero, and it plays brilliantly on my pc and my DVD player :D thanks to all for the sugestions though :thumb:
     
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