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Is there a way to check what codec I need?


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#1 nukie

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 06:52 AM

Hi,

I have 2 computers in my house, one which is my personal computer and one which is my family computer. A friend of mine gave me an AVI to watch which I tested on the family computer and I know it works perfectly.
I transfered it on USB to try to watch it on my personal computer and found that I could only hear the audio but none of the pictures/images/video was coming up.

So I figure that my family computer has the codec that my personal one does not. Is there anyway I can check what the precise codec is, because theres no auto-suggest on WMP nor media classic player.

Thanks for any imput.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 03:50 PM

What program do you use to watch .avi?
VLC Player will play almost anything: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 08:22 PM

Free safe codecs

As Broni suggested. I love VLC. Plays many formats.

Then I toss in either the Full or Mega version of K-Lite and am able to play anything I have had need to.

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Posted 10 January 2010 - 08:42 PM

I use classic media player or vlc BUT I always download & instal divx codec (& player) from divx.com http://www.divx.com/en/software/windows/divx IT IS FREE. I never use their player but this program installs almost all the codecs needed & these codecs automatically install to any player you use. ALSO during install if asked to check online for newest version choose that option.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 07:55 AM

Thanks for all the advice. It seems that VLC was the only program which I could get which could play it on my personal computer. Doesnt that mean my computer had the codec for it the whole time?

I mostly use WMP10 or media classic player.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 08:05 AM

VLC comes bundled with quit a few of the more basic codecs including AVI I believe.

WMP is very picky in what it will play, and not just because of codecs.

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Posted 11 January 2010 - 12:42 PM

VLC has most of the known codecs built in, so it's the best player, you can get.

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