WMV3 codec (VLC or quicktime on mac OS 10.3.3)

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05-12-2004 08:15 PM

hey hey all you knowledgable know-ers of information.
I am wondering if someone can tell me about the WMV3 codec and how to get it for VLC or quicktime on a mac running OS 10.3.3. I have this film I REALLY wanna watch, but when I try and play it, all I get is the audio. Then this mesage comes up that says “main: no suitable decoder module for fourcc `WMV3'.
VLC probably does not support this sound or video format." any ideas of what I can do or another application I try and get this thing going through? I would really appreaciate hearing back...

thanks ever so very very much!
dervla of the deep blue reply


05-13-2004 07:02 AM

WMV3 is the Windows Media 9 codec. It can be embedded in either an AVI or a Windows Media file (extension ASF or WMV)
You can try Windows Media Player for the Mac.


05-29-2004 08:22 PM

sorry to say, but there is no wmv3 codec for the mac OS. anywhere. not in WMP, not in quicktime, not in VLC, nowhere. sorry! the best thing to do is burn your movie, give it to a pc-using friend, and have them change file types to quicktime readable. even then it may not work, though... reply


05-30-2004 06:52 PM

you are both lovely for responding. Actually, I tried to download and use the Windows Media player and it worked great! so now I have all the seedy movies i want! (no, just kidding) thank you each for sharing your knowledge!

dervlablue reply


07-13-2004 05:03 PM

WMV3 videos don’t work in VLC, Windows Media Player (vers 9), nor Quicktime (6.5.1) on my G4 running OS 10.3.4. Also, I’ve given up trying to run AVI’s :-( reply


07-17-2004 08:23 PM

That’s odd. with mplayer (especially version 1) I can play virtualy any AVI that I come accross. It’s merely the WMV3 files that do not play. A seperate codec file would enable Quicktime to play it, but this might be an Apple vs Microsoft issue.
And oh yeah...
I refuse to install WMP, as it wants to drop over 200 items on my system. Mplayer is just one file! reply


08-28-2004 07:24 AM

WMV3 dosen’t run on Mac at all.
But some.wmv do run with Windows Media Player 9 for Mac .. but some don’t ..

Use VLC and WMP and you can play ALMOST everything expt. some wmv3 .... reply


09-12-2004 04:10 AM

Hi sorry, i have the same problem i cant play Resident Evil 2 on VLC or Quicktime because of a WMV3 file. Which i think is abnormal. If someone could help me out. It would be great. The only thing i hear is sound. But no picuturing. And that is shit. IF you know another application please post it on. Thank you


09-12-2004 05:19 AM

Have you tried windows media player 9 for the mac?
http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/software/Macintosh/osx/default.aspx reply


09-17-2004 11:14 PM

Very annoying that wmv3 doesn’t run on macs. Can anybody tell me a good Windows NT program to convert wmv3 to a more suitable codec? reply


09-18-2004 12:49 AM
615 posts

Read and see if any of the information in this thread is any help:

http://forums.3ivx.com/cgi-bin/ikonboard/topic.cgi?forum=9&topic=678&start=0 reply


10-13-2004 09:38 AM

just found out that if you download Windows Media Player version 9, it plays WMV3 files!! Yippee!! Don’t hold me to it though, I don’t wanna tick anyone off if no-one else can get it to work! reply


10-30-2004 01:10 PM

Yeah, Windows media player 9 works for wmv3 files now.
player 9 froze last time I tryed to install but now it works. reply


11-08-2004 09:14 AM

I’d like to download the WMP version 9 for my mac running 10.2.8 but it doesn’t seem to like the .sitx file! Whatever next. Any ideas? reply


11-17-2004 08:25 PM

Although WMP does play back WMV3 encoded content in its own WMV container, it does not accept the same thing in AVI container, which is about 99% of them out there. In other words, WMP is useless for us.

So for now your solution would be to re-encode WMV3 AVIs with Virtualdub on Windows.

WMV3 has a weird framerate of 119.880. You must go to VIDEO>FRAME RATE... or press CTRL-R, got to FRAMERATE CONVERSION and under CONVERT TO FPS, key in 23.976.

Try to apply at least one filter to improve the picture. I’d suggest Warp Sharp.
Use this moderately.

To best preserve the video quality already loss to WMV3 compression, you should use Xvid codec.

Go to VIDEO>COMPRESSION, choose XVID MPEG-4, click CONFIGURE, set TARGET QUANTIZER to either 3 or 2. 2 yields better quality but larger file. But if quality is a big concern, you can’t afford to scrimp.

Check to see that your VIDEO is set to FULL PROCESSING MODE and your AUDIO is set to DIRECT STREAM COPY.

With everything in place, do a FILE>SAVE AS. reply


11-21-2004 10:27 PM

when I use virtualdub to convert a mkv file that needs wmv3 decoder, the size enlarge to 44GB from a 182 MB file. I chose the tool and save as avi file, did I do it wrong ?:(


11-22-2004 02:49 AM
1,580 posts

(to austin)
You probably meant virtualdubMOD, because regular virtualdub doesn’t handle matroska files (mkv). When you save you have to pick direct stream copy for the video, or else the default is full processing mode with no compression!!! The file will be humongous. reply


11-22-2004 06:32 PM

just read your posts, bit of a pain this codec is, but i am able to watch my film (Mario Bros Movie) in Virtual PC 7, but it does drop a few frames and this is on a 1ghz PB a gig of ram. But hey it might be a solution for some people.........im just about to try using Snapz Pro to extract the film, but it might kill my machien underthe strain lol ;) reply


01-29-2005 10:40 PM

Hi there

Windows media 9, does not work?
I’ve got it and tried different possibilities to play a WMV3 movie.
It is a real pain in the butt. I tried the latest VLC o.8.1, RealPlayer
Windows Media 9 for OSX 10.2 & .3
Even loaded 3ivx D4 hoping that it could scramble by chance.
If you read messages on different boards. you will find the same thing
It does not work.
What ever the last person said about successfully playing WMV3, he could be mistaken. I’m not say they are a liar, only just that the movie they played isn’t WMV3. reply


02-14-2005 12:28 AM

I can’t believe there hasn’t been a player released on mac to play it. It’s been like ~2.5 years since the last version of WMP came out... lame reply


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