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#1 mattma

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:26 AM

Hi,

I have had an issue with some video files that I have downloaded. I am getting a message that I don't have the proper codec to play sound for the file. The video appears to work perfectly. I've tried downloading codecs in the past only to find that I either don't download the proper codec or I incorrectly install it. Can someone tell me:

1. How do I determine which codec I need?
2. Where to I go to download the codec (free of spyware)
3. Once I have the codec, where do I put it and how do I install it?
4. Also, are there any common codecs I should download to my system that don't come with Windows?

I am running Windows XP Home edition. The video file is an "xvid-442" if that means anything. Thanks in advance.

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 10:03 AM

Since this appears only used on P2Ps there is no way to guarantee no malware infection since P2Ps are one of the major sources of such infection.

You can try this:

http://www.xvid.org/

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 05:43 PM

Hi,

I have had an issue with some video files that I have downloaded. I am getting a message that I don't have the proper codec to play sound for the file. The video appears to work perfectly. I've tried downloading codecs in the past only to find that I either don't download the proper codec or I incorrectly install it. Can someone tell me:

1. How do I determine which codec I need?
2. Where to I go to download the codec (free of spyware)
3. Once I have the codec, where do I put it and how do I install it?
4. Also, are there any common codecs I should download to my system that don't come with Windows?

I am running Windows XP Home edition. The video file is an "xvid-442" if that means anything. Thanks in advance.


This is an easy answer. Download K-Lite codec pac from here.

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

Or you can download VLC Player which will play almost anything from here

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Hope this helps

Pip

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Posted 24 May 2006 - 09:18 PM

Since this appears only used on P2Ps there is no way to guarantee no malware infection since P2Ps are one of the major sources of such infection.

You can try this:

http://www.xvid.org/


There are tools out there that can determine the 4CC number of what the file was compressed with. I had several files like that I could hear audio, but see no video. So I found and downloaded the Gspot Codec information appliance. You can drag the file to the window, and it will tell you whether you have the required codec you need or not. Then its just a simple matter of Googling the 4CC number. In my case I needed the Div50 codec... in a matter of minutes I was watching the files.




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