How to fix codec errors! (playback issues)

07-09-2008 01:52 PM
Bjarne
1,815 posts

This is a quick guide on which steps you can take to fix most file or codecs errors that you might be receiving when trying to play a given movie/multimedia file.

Can’t even open the file/your computer does not recognise the file type?

If the file type is entirely unkown to your computer, chances are that you do not have an appropriate media player installed for the file type in question (or the file isn’t even a media file in the first place, or it has been given a wrong file extension).

Check out our file extensions page to find out which file extensions can be handled by which media players.

Find out which codecs the file requires/if it’s even valid!

In our tools downloads section you can download several different programs that can tell you some important information about the file. Try AVIcodec, GSpot, MediaInfo, MovieCodec Codec Tool or another of the available multimedia file inspection applications.

These applications will be able to tell you which video codecs (by FOURCC) and audio codecs (by audio tag) that you will need to get installed on your computer.

Which video codec? Which audio codec?

FOURCC (ie. DIVX) means Four Character Code and is basically just a key/code that uniquely identifies a particular video codec or type of video codec.

To find out which video codec is identified by a particular FOURCC, check out our FOURCC page.

Audio tag is basically a number, which may be in decimal (ie. 26447) or hexadecimal (0x674f).

To found out which audio codec is identified by a given audio tag, check out our audio tags page

What then?

Well to fix your codec error, simply download the codecs that you are missing. This may very well fix the playback issues that you were having with the file. To find the files to download just follow the links on the FOURCC or audio tags pages, or browse our video codecs/audio codecs download sections directly

Alternatively, to this entire process of locating individual codecs and installing them, you can use one of the “all-in-one” media players such as VLC or Media Player Classic, available from our media players download section. reply

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09-11-2008 08:52 AM
noha_abd

Please if anyone can help me..
I have a problem when converting rmvb files to mpeg I get file without sound, do u know where’s the problem?? I will be waiting for a reply

new_noha@yahoo.com
thanx in advance reply

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09-15-2008 02:31 PM
MovieDownloadMatrix
1 posts

Thanks for the Codecs information! I have been looking for this! reply

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09-16-2008 12:01 AM
19cooper46

Reccently I had to reload my MicroSoft XP Home edition and in the process my cell phone videos of my only grandaughter became compressed and unreadable by Window Media Player......How can I save these videos?



HELP!!!!
Cooper: chascoopsmith@yahoo.com (Please put GP3 File in Subect line) reply

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09-22-2008 02:35 PM
What the hell

i have saved my movie to disc but when i put in dvd player it says codec not supported?

what does that mean reply

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11-22-2008 09:29 PM
Tay

Installed new canon camera. Video media plays through movie maker and Media player, but No SOUND, “error message cannot be imported because the codec required to play the file is not installed on your computer”. Help please?? reply

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11-25-2008 10:12 PM
mattt

xvid codec wat do i do reply

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12-15-2008 06:24 PM
No ONE..

What should I do??
I have played it with media player classic but it show this...


Media Type 0:
--------------------------
Video: XVID 640x336 25.00fps 1013Kbps

AM_MEDIA_TYPE:
majortype: MEDIATYPE_Video {73646976-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
subtype: Unknown GUID Name {44495658-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
formattype: FORMAT_VideoInfo {05589F80-C356-11CE-BF01-00AA0055595A}
bFixedSizeSamples: 1
bTemporalCompression: 0
lSampleSize: 79666
cbFormat: 88

VIDEOINFOHEADER:
rcSource: (0,0)-(0,0)
rcTarget: (0,0)-(0,0)
dwBitRate: 1013925
dwBitErrorRate: 0
AvgTimePerFrame: 400000

BITMAPINFOHEADER:
biSize: 40
biWidth: 640
biHeight: 336
biPlanes: 1
biBitCount: 16
biCompression: XVID
biSizeImage: 1290240
biXPelsPerMeter: 0
biYPelsPerMeter: 0
biClrUsed: 0
biClrImportant: 0

pbFormat:
0000: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
0020: a5 78 0f 00 00 00 00 00 80 1a 06 00 00 00 00 00 ¥x......€.......
0030: 28 00 00 00 80 02 00 00 50 01 00 00 01 00 10 00 (...€...P.......
0040: 58 56 49 44 00 b0 13 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 XVID.°..........
0050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ........ reply

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06-07-2011 10:01 PM
satish

yesterday i downloaded a movie but when i played that the error was use windows media player, & when i use the same error was repeated.
please help,,,

sksabua@gmail.com
sksabua1994@yahoo.in reply

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09-17-2011 08:38 AM
pi 3.1415926535

fuc* my phone
reply

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09-17-2011 08:38 AM
pi 3.1415926535

fuc* my phone
reply

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09-26-2011 12:26 AM
jason

i have problem in movie it plays for 5 sec and says codec error n give me the link n says to folow the link i did it but no use so how to get rid of it can anyone say me plz
jason.rinku@yahoo.com reply

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03-23-2012 12:04 PM
Alexander

ARGHi do not know ARGHi do not know anything about dceocs and still, i installed it .AND NOTHING HAPPENED. I use .avi video format for Virtual Dj. Help me!!!Give me a video tutorial or something!!! reply

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