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AVI files

HermusHermus Registered User regular
edited August 2008 in Help / Advice Forum
Hey people, I've got a problem with AVI files. I am not very knowledgeable when it comes to computers, but I have started downloading videos and music using torrents. Anyway, I recently downloaded the sixth season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, which I really want to watch, but it's an AVI file. I tried playing it on Windows Media Player, but only the sound worked; no video played. If any of you wonderful people here at H/A could steer me in the right direction as to how to play these videos, it would be much appreciated!

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  • eternalbleternalbl Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    search for and install CCCP. I don't remember what it stands for, but it'll install a tonne of codecs that'll play basically anything.

    That or VLC, which I've never found something it couldn't play.

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  • DrFrylockDrFrylock Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    The AVI format is a "container format." It contains one or more streams - usually at least a video stream and an audio stream. Each of these can be encoded with a completely different method. To encode or decode specific types of video/audio streams, you need to install the appropriate "codec" (compressor/decompressor). It sounds like you have the appropriate codec for the audio stream installed, but not the appropriate one for the video stream.

    This little tool will let you find out what the four-character-codes (FourCCs) for the audio and video streams are. It will also let you change them, but don't do that. Each codec can encode/decode one or more FourCCs. This page lists common FourCCs, what the formats are, and gives you some information about how to get the codecs for your FourCC.

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  • DeShadowCDeShadowC Registered User regular
    edited August 2008
    eternalbl wrote: »
    search for and install CCCP. I don't remember what it stands for, but it'll install a tonne of codecs that'll play basically anything.

    That or VLC, which I've never found something it couldn't play.

    combined community codec pack if my memory is correct, which its normally not.

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