Can't play xvid avi even after codec

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by joshandlisa, Jan 16, 2005.

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    joshandlisa Guest

    I downloaded an xvid movie in avi format and it crashes whatever app i
    use to play it. I've tried Windows Media 10, Real Player, and Roxio
    Player. I've got the xvid codec installed and checked out the movie
    using GSPOT. It renders fine. The download is complete and I've got 2
    different copies of the movie and both crash the players. I'm on XP
    with a high end pc and cannot figure this one out.
    joshandlisa, Jan 16, 2005
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    Will Dormann Guest

    Maybe try ffdshow.
    Will Dormann, Jan 16, 2005
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    joshandlisa Guest

    I have ffdshow installed also.

    joshandlisa, Jan 16, 2005
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    marks542004 Guest

    What error do you get when you try Windows media player ?
    Is the error on load or only when played.?
    marks542004, Jan 16, 2005
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    joshandlisa Guest

    The error happens when the movie starts to play. I see a still picture
    of the movie and then the error "Windows Media Player has encountered a
    problem and needs to close."

    This happens to any application that tries to read this movie. Even
    nero crashed when I tried to make a VCD from the movie.
    joshandlisa, Jan 16, 2005
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    marko Guest

    I bet LInux could play the file. Linux apps are much more tolerant of
    issues with avi files and video files in general. On Windows, you can
    use G-spot (search on to find out what codecs are
    required to play a file and it also tells you whether you've got them
    installed! Quite a piece of software.
    marko, Jan 16, 2005
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    joshandlisa Guest

    Yeah, I've used G-Spot and it says I have the required codecs installed
    and the file renders successful so it must be some weird OS problem.
    joshandlisa, Jan 16, 2005
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    Bariloche Guest

    And may be some better playing software. Windows Media 10? Crap. Real
    Player? Crap. Roxio anything? Crap.

    Windows Media Player 6.4, Media Player Classic, BsPlayer... any of
    these would do.
    Bariloche, Jan 17, 2005
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    joshandlisa Guest

    I downloaded BSPlayer and that crashes too when trying to play this
    avi. I have got the avi to play on another older system in the house.
    Must be a problem with that computer or OS and not related to codec or
    joshandlisa, Jan 17, 2005
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    stankley Guest

    I doubt it's anything to do with the application - almost certainly
    it's the codec crashing. I've experienced crashes with Xvid myself,
    and it's always turned out to be errors in the AVI data. If the file
    you're trying to play is downloaded, it's quite possible that the file
    is incomplete, or there are other transmission errors. Try opening it
    in VirtualDub - that's pretty good at identifying problems.
    Alternatively, search on google for 'AVI fixer' - there are a number of
    free apps which claim to be able to fix damaged AVI files... I haven't
    had much luck with them - they seem to just chop the file at teh point
    where they find a problem (which doesn't equate to 'fixing' by my

    Or else just download your AVI again.
    stankley, Jan 17, 2005
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    joshandlisa Guest

    Ok, I discovered it was the audio codec crashing the players. I finally
    found an audio codec that works and now it plays in all of my players
    including the crappy windows media and Roxio.

    Now, it still crashes Nero when trying to make a VCD from the AVI.
    What VCD creator software does everybody recommend?
    joshandlisa, Jan 19, 2005
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