WMV3 Codec in Mov Container?

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I’ve read up on many mac users having a problem with playing WMV3 in an AVI container, however my problem is different.

I’m running on a XP Pro SP3
and a video I have which is .mov extension
but requires a WMV3 codec (Gspot)

I tried WMP but that doesnt work
I’ve also tried VLC ages ago on it but didn’t work back then I will potentially try it again when I get home from Uni.
Any help will be muchly appreciated.


Shiro reply

VLC is probably your best bet. It tends to parse containers and decode codecs regardless of codec/container combos (I’ve tried it in the past with weird stuff like DX50 in MOV, WMV1 in AVI, or TSCC in WMV). Current version is 1.0.5.
Also try mplayer2.exe in your Windows Media Player folder. It might work if the MOV isn’t the newer type (I really can’t explain it... newer MOV files with H.264 for example (assuming you have the proper decoders like ffdshow-tryouts) don’t play in mplayer2.exe (without any additional splitter like Haali or Gabest), but I’m guessing it’s because of bidirectional frames; maybe it’s something else) reply



No suitable decoder module:
VLC does not support the audio or video format “WMV3”. Unfortunately there is no way for you to fix this.

Also I use SMPlayer as default player which uses mplayer and that can’t play it either reply


If they can’t handle it, then try a lossless transcode using ffmpeg. I don’t know the exact syntax, but you should find it online. Convert it back to wmv (where it should be). see
http://forum.doom9.org/archive/index.php/t-124877.html reply


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