sound problem for some divx videos

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Rolf Schoyen, Sep 4, 2004.

  1. Rolf Schoyen

    Rolf Schoyen Guest

    I have no sound when playing certain divx films. This happens both
    when I use windows media player, and media jukebox. My first suspect
    (after reading other posts on google regarding this) is that this is a
    Codec problem. It is definately not a problem with the films
    themselves since they work on my buddys PC. We both have windows XP

    I downloaded gspot to find more information about the divx files and
    codecs that I have. Apparently the files I have problems hearing the
    sound from have the audio codec tags
    "0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-2 Layer 3", and
    "0x0055(MP3) ID'd as MPEG-1 Layer 3".
    gspot also told me I have 3 codecs installed that can handle this.

    Having read that some other people on the newsforums have had with
    codecs interfering with each other, I decided to try remove some of
    the codecs. I did this by going to control panel -> Sounds and Audio
    Devices -> hardware -> audio drivers.

    I disabled 2 of the 3 audio codecs that gspot said could be handle the
    divx files. The 3rd codec was not listed there and I could not find
    out how to disable it. So now I only have one codec remaining and it
    is named "MPEG level 3 decoder". The problem still exists...

    Does anybody have any tips on how I can proceed?

    One extra bit of information ios that when I "render" the files in
    Gspot, it does gve the imnformation about the video path (e.g. video
    path: (S) --> AVI Splitter --> DivX Decoder Filter --> (R)) but for
    the audio path it lists nothing) can this be the problem? How can I
    fix it?
    Thanks in advance to any help I can get on this.
    Best regards,
    Rolf Schoyen, Sep 4, 2004
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    Keith Clark Guest

    You probaly have a really old file. Is it one you downloaded or created

    Does it have to play in Windows Media Player?

    If not, go to and download the VLC player.

    If that doesn't work, do a search on the Nimo codec pack.
    Keith Clark, Sep 4, 2004
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  3. Rolf Schoyen

    Rolf Schoyen Guest

    Hi Keith,
    Thanks for your response! I just installed the "VLC media player",
    and the films work fine when played using this application!!!

    I find it strange that the files do not work in windows media player,
    though. Do you agree with my theory that it is because of a wrong
    codec? I could of course install the nimo codec pack, but from what I
    understand simply adding codecs can create more problems than it
    resolves. Since Gspot told me I had 3 codecs that were good for these
    divx films I assume that it is something wrong with the settings in my
    windows XP, just wish I knew what. I also find it strange that
    windows did not give me an option to disable the third codec, maybe it
    is because windows comes with some default codecs?

    Finally, back to the answer to your question: The files that this
    happens to comes from several different sources: some I downloaded,
    and some I copied from a friend (they work on his PC, and he uses
    windows media player). Most of the files are are less than one year

    Again, thanks for yuour help!
    best regards,
    Rolf Schoyen, Sep 5, 2004
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    Keith Clark Guest

    My experience with G-Spot is that it's not a very good tool. It can't detect "out of spec" files.

    For instance, I encoded some Xvid files in Linux with a buggy version of Lame (MP3 encoding tool - and while G-Spot said they were fine, in fact they refused to play at all
    in Windows until I installed the latest version of Lame in Linux and re-encoded the files.

    The reason your files play in VLC is that it does it's own decoding without relying on any codecs in
    Windows. It's a sweet little player. VLC is a great troubleshooting tool to go with G-Spot, because if
    VLC won't play the file then there truly is something wrong.

    Anyway, yes, the reason that Windows Media player can't play the file is because you don't have the
    proper codec installed on your machine.

    Go into Device Manager and look and see what codecs are listed, and then compare the list with what's
    reported on your friend's PC.

    A lot of really old files used a version of Windows audio (v2, I think) that's no longer supported. A
    friend of mine had some old Divx files he'd downloaded a couple years back that were that way and
    installing the Nimo codec pack fixed his problem.

    To get on a soapbox and rant for a bit, send a message to the clowns at that spyware and
    proprietary codecs are unacceptable. If you have the free, open source and open standard Xvid codec
    and VirtualDub then you can make files that are at least as good as any Divx files and will play back
    on any system with the Divx or Xvid codecs as well as the new set-top DVD players. End of soapbox rant.
    Keith Clark, Sep 5, 2004
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