I can't get MPEG movies files to play on Windows Media Player

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  1.    14 May 2016 #11

    Kodi is the best Media Player.
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  2.    14 May 2016 #12

    Auskart said: View Post
    Kodi is the best Media Player.
    In your opinion...

    Personally I do not like it.
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       14 May 2016 #13

    Do .MPG file play (as opposed to .MPEG)

    It might be a file association. Also what is the default player - WMP or Movies App?

    It's true that you need a codec to play media - it's just not clear (to me anyways) if Win10 WMP has a capable codec or not.
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  4.    14 May 2016 #14

    Thank you for all of the quick responses. I don't know what codec is , I'm an end-user. My default is WMP, but I have switched to Windows Movies, to see if it will work. I guess I will try the VLC unless someone can explain codec, and how it will make my WMP work.

    TRS
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       14 May 2016 #15

    therealsimpsons said: View Post
    Thank you for all of the quick responses. I don't know what codec is , I'm an end-user. My default is WMP, but I have switched to Windows Movies, to see if it will work. I guess I will try the VLC unless someone can explain codec, and how it will make my WMP work.

    TRS
    The most convenient way is to use VLC Media Player which saves you the issue of proper codec as VLC can play almost all types of file formats.

    As to codecs, you can install K-Lite codec pack to help your WMP which is restricted to play only a few file formats.

    http://filehippo.com/download_klite_codec_pack/

    http://www.codecguide.com/download_kl.htm

    Take your pick.

    *** Bear in mind, WMP can no longer play DVDs. That capability has been removed by Microsoft. So, VLC is your choice of media player ***
    Last edited by davidhk; 14 May 2016 at 08:50.
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  6.    14 May 2016 #16

    It's an unfortunate side effect of MS removing DVD playback from WMP. it shouldn't of messed with the file playback but it did, only get sound in WMP now playing them. It didn't amuse me when this happened as we have loads of family videos captured in this format. I can concur VLC is the workaround. Thumbnails do not generate in explorer for these file types anymore either. The workaround is to use icaros to handle mpg or mpeg thumbnails
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       14 May 2016 #17

    Codec: Codecs: frequently asked questions - Windows Help


    Movie App: File formats for the Movies TV app - Windows Help -


    VideoLan VLC is the best player, IMO
    Streaming, Podcast, Radio, TV, capture, convert, download Youtube ...
    Oh yeah, it plays almost every media type without thinking about anything.
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  8.    14 May 2016 #18

    VLC can download YouTube vids? I didn't realise that, that's cool. What file format does it download them in? Is that function easy to use. Might give me an excuse to uninstall real player / real times. It's horrible software but allows YouTube downloading which is the only reason I tolerate it!
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  9.    14 May 2016 #19

    Scottyboy99 said: View Post
    VLC can download YouTube vids? I didn't realise that, that's cool. What file format does it download them in? Is that function easy to use. Might give me an excuse to uninstall real player / real times. It's horrible software but allows YouTube downloading which is the only reason I tolerate it!
    Hi there
    VLC works fine -- there's also loads of YouTube downloaders - simply google.

    BTW for BBC stuff use a great app called get_iplayer. For radio command is get_iplayer --get --type=radio --pid = xxxxxxxx
    and for TV command is get_iplayer --get --modes=best --subtitles --pid=xxxxxxxx

    the PID is the 8 digit character n the URL when you use the standard BBC iPlayer in a browser. Search for the program you want and you'll see the PID in the url --often after episode=xxxxxxxx or similar. Copy the PID and paste into the get_iplayer command.

    Google for the get_iplayer app. It's free and on both Linux and Windows. The radio streams are nice in 320 kb/s m4a format -- easily playable in VLC or any multi-media streaming application (PLEX, Logitech media server --Squeezebox --etc). The TV streams are in HD and in mp4 format with subtitles in .srt.

    Forget BBC DAB Radio streams -- quality is HIDEOUS - the direct 320kb/s streams are a different order of magnitude in quality --especially noticeable if you ever listen to Classical Music with decent speakers.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  10.    14 May 2016 #20

    Cheers Jimbo - I will look. Realtimes/realplayer is good in that pops up whilst watching a compatible vid in the browser. It even works with edge but it has bugs. I was just curious about VLC and it's convenient as I already have it installed. I'll check out the get iplayer, sounds interesting
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