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Players of Note
If you've just gotta go exploring, several of the divx players have an "extra" ability to handle broken divx files, and Waldo's shows a good multiple file capacity. Links to both on the links page. Check Divx.com's players, as some good words are filtering in.
MediaPlayer Security Fixes
For those who have not updated their player since May 21st, 2001, here's an important note from M$:
"Microsoft has released security fixes for its audio and video player. The problem could allow hackers to run any code they want on your machine. The security advisory has details for the technically inclined. Media Player 6.4 users should install a patch which has been posted on its security website. Users of Media Player 7, 8, and 9 should install the latest Windows Media Player (9.x), which is available at Microsoft's media website."
Direct links to the info Bulletin: MS01-029
Media Player Download
Windows Netshow Download( asf endcoder )
Installation Problems in Windows
For those still finding themselves with problems realating to a failure of any of the M$ codecs to properly install, there is a new patch on the M$ download page called Codecs Download Package. This utility installs the following Windows Media Codecs: WM Video versions 7 and 8, WM Audio (all versions), WM Screen version 7, and other legacy codecs.
The Macintosh platform can deal with most sorts of video formats (mov, avi, and mpeg) by using the movie viewer application included with quicktime 3 and 4. It can also play mp3 files as well. Macs can use RealPlayer to play ra/rm files. No versions of I263 or VCR1 and 2 known for the Mac.
oDDz posted a nice way for Macies to locate codec information on the Mac player:
1. After it tells you the codec is not available select continue. This will leave the movie open.I don't know if this works the same for wintel machines, but it should be similar.
2. Under the movie menu select movie properties. This will bring up a dialog box.
3. In the movie drop down menu select the video track. The other menu gives the selection for what info you want from the video track.
4. Go to the format info and it should tell you what codec is used.
5. Then you can search for that codec on the web or ask someone here to post it.
Other Players of
Vmpeg1.7 is one of the "old style" Mpg1 players. It allows variable rate, and can connect the seperate wav / mpg files sometimes still found on the net.
Woldo's remains one of the most popular for replacing Windows Media Player. It allows playlisting, and can play anything that WMP can.
For those looking for a sperate Mpg2 player, this one comes highly recommended. Look for the Elecard shareware player.
There are a large number of different Divx/Avi players, all with strong points. Please note if you are considering the Divx.com player or codec / player bundle, which is apparently wired for Adware. As reported in Techware, the bundle during install disables many Anti-ad and Ad block software already installed on your system. Futher, it adds a program (ticker.exe) to your regestry that must be left active for encoding (if not decoding) and connects to the ad site whenever you're on line. Payware, we understand. Spyware, and programs that alter other programs, we do NOT. Download the freeware version.
Mpeg/Mpg player with FF/Rwd abilities ? Check out Zoom Player, that Loafer recomemds. Works quite well. Free to DL and use. It has a plethora of settings and hot keys. If it doesn't have it, you don't need it. You'll be discovering new options for weeks. Check it out.
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