playing mp4 and flv files on Windows media player has stopped (Windows 8 user)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Brian, Jan 18, 2014.

  1. Brian

    Brian Guest

    I suspect there has been an update to Windows Media Player as my mp4 and
    flv video files will no longer work on Windows Media player. Has anyone had
    this problem recently?
    Brian, Jan 18, 2014
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    Brian Guest

    The problem is now fixed.

    I Installed the codecs available from here:
    This allowed Windows Media Player to play .mp4 files.
    Brian, Jan 18, 2014
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    Paul Guest

    There's a very pleasant non-answer here :)

    It seems the people at Microsoft have very limited
    tastes in CODECs.


    An alternative to polluting whatever passes for a
    CODEC folder, with CODEC packs, is to select third-party
    player applications with their own built-in CODECs. There is
    a list of players at the end of this article, as examples
    of things that use libavcodec.

    Sites like Videohelp can also help you.

    or perhaps the "Video Players" sub-section here.
    You'll find VLC listed in that sub-section, as a player.

    The only reason I'm not a fan of CODEC packs,
    is getting them from a reputable source.

    Paul, Jan 18, 2014
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    Brian Guest

    Thanks Paul for the links.

    A possible reason why Windows does not support other codecs is that it
    wants everyone to use its own codec, WMV and WMA. It's forced to support
    MP3 as most people use this audio format.

    Another free alternative is The program VLC. It has some good features and
    there is a 32 and 64 bit version.
    Brian, Jan 18, 2014
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