getting various video files playing on a Windows 95 machine

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Novice, Sep 8, 2003.

  1. Novice

    Novice Guest

    Hi all, I'm about to visit a friend of our family and a bunch of us have
    compiled a set of digital video recordings (avi, mpg, etc) for him and his
    wife. However, he is still running Windows 95 (with windows media player
    95) and isn't getting a new computer in the near future.

    So I was wondering what I could do to get a media player with all the proper
    codecs on his machine. He doesn't have a connection to the internet - so I
    would have to burn all solutions to CD and install them when we get there.

    Can anyone suggest a media player that would run on a fairly slow machine (I
    think a low end pentium - like when they were first released) with windows
    95 and that would be capable of running video files with up to date codecs?

    Novice, Sep 8, 2003
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  2. I've got some suggestions:

    1) Use ZoomPlayer. An excellent mediaplayer which is far more
    resource-friendly than Windows Media Player. It's freeware (at least, the
    Standard edition) - get it at

    2) Use FFDShow, an open-source playback filter for DivX, XVid and some other
    less used formats. Very CPU-friendly, especially if you don't use any of the
    postprocessing capabilities. Get it at

    It may appear strange to use an alpha version, however FFDShow alpha is
    extremely stable ànd fast. Very recommended software, used by lots of

    For MPEG1 decoding (VCD), the standard Windows codecs should do just fine.
    For MPEG2 (SVCD) decoding, get the Nimo Codec pack at and make sure
    you only install the MPEG2 Directshow filters - nothing else. For optimal
    speed, a commercial filter is better but then you'd have to resort to
    installing PowerDVD (or WinDVD).

    This way, a low-end machine should be able to play anything just fine.

    =- Brian Dickens, the Netherlands
    Brian Dickens, Sep 8, 2003
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  3. Novice

    jer Guest

    Ah hah!! That's where my Mom's old PC ended up. Good luck what that
    one. Most newer codecs need so much service from the system that
    Win95 can't come close to minimums. If this is expected to work,
    you're gonna have to dumb down the needed codec to be sure it works at
    all. And this is one of the main reasons I convinced Mom to replace
    her ragged PC. At first, she seemed worried about the lack of a
    floppy drive. I asked 'what's the point?' And for $500, she's
    whistling dixie.
    jer, Sep 9, 2003
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