12-08-2004 04:03 PM

Trying to play dvr-ms, any ideas? Its what Windows Media PLayer encodes to. I am trying to play the video on another computer. It runs Windows XP SP2 and i can play the video in WMP10 with audio(no video), or in Media PLayer Classic with video but no audio.... Any ideas? reply


12-08-2004 04:15 PM
1,580 posts

(This is just a joke - don’t take it seriously).
You could play the file simultaneously in media player classic and windows media player. That way you can both hear the audio and see the video at the same time. hahaha

But seriously, back to your question
“Its what Windows Media Player encodes to." Windows Media Player doesn’t do any encoding to the best of my knowledge. Did you mean Movie Maker or Windows Media Encoder?
If you’re using one of the two programs I just mentioned, did you check the codecs of the resulting video using avicodec? Does the computer playing back the file have those codecs? reply


12-08-2004 06:53 PM

Sorry i meant to say windows media center... And seriously i did watch the stuff last night with the audio running in WMP and video in MPC

ill post what happend when i run it trhough that reply


12-08-2004 07:07 PM

The program doesnt give me anything :( Gives me unkown for the video codec. reply


12-15-2004 11:08 PM
1,580 posts

Did you use avicodec from this site?
What does each line say? file, video, and audio.
If it fails you could try gspot ( or videoinspector (
Also for the record, what’s the extension of the file? Is it mov, avi, mpg, wmv, asf, mkv, ogm, rm, or something else? reply


03-09-2005 10:35 PM

You just need to install a software DVD player, like Cyberlink PowerDVD. google for dvr-ms (nothing else) and the first hit will take you to the MVP site that explains it. Even though Windows Media Player is giving a CODEC error, these files rely on having DVD playback installed... reply


04-23-2005 08:59 PM
Robert Mahowald

I’d like to play DVR-MS files (TV recorded from WMC) on a Win 2K machine, hence one which does not support WMP10. Are there any options for this? I tried BS-Player, and I get video but no audio!! reply


05-31-2005 02:11 PM

i’m still researching this, but i am finding that most of the shows i record on my MCE are copy-protected, meaning they cannot be burned to DVDs and cannot be viewed on other computers.

microsoft is the devil. i’m going back to my TiVo. reply


05-31-2005 03:56 PM

Do you have any mega codecs install? On my computer after installing either one Ace or K Lite my media centre did not work properly so I uninstall it and now I use All in One Codec and the media centre is ok.The last try you may go to a restore point a day or two before but before you do that install Sherlock from this site and it’s a real codecs detective.It’s going to check your computer and to tell you if some codecs are broken.Use search on site and find it: reply


06-08-2005 09:30 AM
Robert Mahowald

I found an app called D-Cut which does the job fine. It will convert the MS-DVR files to MPEG-2 files, dramatically saving on space, and it allows me to cut commercials as well (though this is a manual process). The conversion takes almost as long as watching the actual show, but the editing capabilities, and the fact that I can cue up several shows for overnight editing/shrinking and then watch them on a flight using my Win2000 laptop, is worth the trouble for me. Hope this is helpful. reply


07-02-2005 04:17 PM

to play dvr-ms you need the dvr-ms codec, if you already have it it is not working or corupt reply


09-05-2005 08:11 AM

Where can I get dvr-ms codecs from? Because I dont want to burn them to DVD , I just want to watch TV Recorded Videos on my Windows Media Player...and what version of WMP should I use? reply


09-15-2005 10:05 AM

I want to play my dvr-ms file (from WMC2005) on my PSP (only mp4). Do you think the converter is ok?

Thx reply


10-24-2005 08:24 PM
1 posts

AutoDVRconvert can used to convert dvr-ms files to MPEG2. Seems to be pretty quick, on my P4 3.2MHz it only takes a few minutes to covert a one hour tv show.

As for converting dvr-ms to play on a PSP, I’m not sure of the exact formats supported by the PSP but you may find my article on coverting to XviD for playback on a Palm PDA useful.

Steve. reply


04-10-2008 10:23 PM
The One With All The Answers

Forget trying to find codecs or whatever....simplest solution to play dvr-ms files on a non mce version of windows: Get DVREdit. Google it. It’s free. It’ll not only play your dvr-ms file, it’ll let you cut & snip it too, and it’s a tiny 404kb & hardly any footprint! I wish I was smart enough to write programs like this...I’d repeatedly make the programmers at MS look like the complete morons that they are ;). Enjoy! reply


06-17-2008 08:18 PM
1 posts


Iv’e bin having the same problem that you are having> Where to get the dvr-ms codec from. Let me tell you a short story. I have a network in my house and 2 of my computers are running xp, sp2, wmp11. One would play dvr-ms and one would not. When I went onto tools, options, files I noticed that one had dvr-ms check and one did not have the file. After hours and hours of work I ran across a service pack 2 for it pro. on the Microsoft down load site. I installed this service pack 2 over my service pack 2 and the dvr-ms files showed up. Heres a link Look at the third item down reply


11-23-2010 09:52 AM

If the files are truly .DVRMS then VLC media player <> will play them. If they are .wtv files, the default Windows Media Center DVR recording format, then you may convert them from WTV to DVR-MS by right click on each file and selecting convert to DVR-MS. <>

I have not found a player other than Windows Media Player or Windows Media Center that plays .wtv correctly.

Though I have not tried this yet it should be possible to convert .dvrms to your desired format using the free version of AnyVideoConverter <>. reply


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