I have recently got silent hill 3 for pc and I have the same problem, I wonder if you ever solved it?? cos right now I’m trying with a lot of different codecs but have not succeded.
The game plays very well but it is really annoying that I can’t see the videos.
Bit of a long story, so bear with me:
I recently installed Silent Hill 3 for the PC on my machine. When I started it, I was disappointed to find that the intro movie was playing very jerkily - both audio and video would start and stop every second or so.
I found a way to convert the file to an .mpg, which I played back. In both Windows Media Player and PowerDVD, the .mpg file has the same jerky playback problem.
Funnily enough though, when I tried the file using VideoLAN Player, it played smoothly and flawlessly. VideoLAN uses its own codecs, which rely an a few other libraries, like ffmpeg and libmpeg2 to decode the videos and the audio. It doesn’t use the main DShow codecs as most of the other software on Windows does.
This seems to suggest that something is wrong with the codecs windows is using to try and play back this file (both in-game and as an .mpg) file.
I ran the MovieCodec utility on the .mpg file. It says the file type is “MPEG-1 PS” and uses the “MPEG-1 Video” and the “MPEG-1 Audio layer 2” codecs.
So now my question: what can I do to get Windows Media Player (and thus most likely the game) to play the video file smoothly?