downlaoded an AVI but the screen is blank and the audio has an x next to it

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by David Davis, Oct 5, 2003.

  1. David Davis

    David Davis Guest

    I downloaded several versions of an AVI from the web. Each of them
    has the same symptoms - windows media player opens, the screen is
    black, the sound volume slide is grey and has an x next to it (no
    audio), the pointer moves along the bar showing where you are in the
    movie relatively and the timer shows total time and amount of time
    into the movie up to that point. in each version with different file
    sizes, I get the same total time.

    I downloaded virtualdub and the audio stream section is blank on one
    of these files, so there's no audio huh!? Trying to play the avi in
    virtual dub also gets a black screen - I guess it's just a black
    screen app with no audio? Seems weird that all the files ahve the
    same running length though - 1 hour 2 min... I would think if they
    were just random blank files, there'd be different file sizes?
    David Davis, Oct 5, 2003
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    Tom Leylan Guest

    My first guess is that you don't have the necessary codec... but I'll tell
    you what would help. You could point out the site (if it isn't a secret)
    which might help shed some light on the problem.

    The other thing you could consider is contacting somebody "at that site"
    since they should have some insights into the problem and a vested interest
    in solving it. We would be stuck guessing and that could take weeks.
    Tom Leylan, Oct 5, 2003
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