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garbagefan2 October 24th, 2006 01:22 PM

The Vlc player
Does they vlc player play .mov files? I got one but I like Vlc so I wanted to know if it can play it. I have quick time too. But I like vlc. Thanks :Smilywais:

Lord of the Rings October 24th, 2006 01:27 PM

Try it. QuickTime .mov is such a vague term because it still might be any number of formats. It could be mpeg 4, or non-compressed, or ... depending upon the codec used to convert the file. I just tried one with VLC & it played. But it was encoded with mpeg 4.

garbagefan2 October 24th, 2006 03:07 PM

How do I know?

Lord of the Rings October 24th, 2006 03:46 PM

Not easy to know. Sometimes VLC or QT player will show you the info. Get information for that file once it's opened. QT is menu bar, Window menu, Get movie info.
VLC is window, information.

garbagefan2 October 24th, 2006 03:49 PM

My video worked in VLC.

newbee2 October 25th, 2006 03:51 AM

Have noticed that vlc doesn't like to play 'Previews' is it just me, do I have the settings wrong?? I know it doesnt like foreign languages it seems, so have to 'Rename' files so that it will play them, interested in comments on the 'Preview' thing??
Any ideas LOTR?

Lord of the Rings October 25th, 2006 02:38 PM

That seems to only apply to some windows users that VLC won't preview. So all I can suggest is you go to the LW Library window, select incomplete folder, select the file you're downloading & press Launch. This will work. It also stops LW creating a preview file which it stores in your incomplete folder. Another way is to select incomplete folder, press Explore button, arrange by date modified, find your file near top of list & double-click.

I personally prefer doing these techniques as I don't like LW creating preview files & then me having to delete them later from the incomplete folder.

newbee2 October 25th, 2006 05:16 PM

Thanks Lotr for advice i.e. launch, Iv'e been deleting preview files til now,will try launch,thankyou. any advice on my windows FWall,got router with FWall,then deleted Zone Alarm(Which I miss ) and enabled windows FWall(ZAlarm was interferring with file sharing,and i didnt need 3 FWalls!!) but windows FWall keeps turning itself off on reboot,not everytime but most, Very odd.( reason for windowsFWall is told to have one as safety net) any ideas? thought i'd try reinstalling ZAlarm and not using windows FWall, but ZAlarm interferres too much with re-enabled windows and again got rid of ZAlarm.Phew, so intermittent windows FWall is the least worst problem,did that make any sense?? I'm starting to lose it after router nightmare !!
Thanks again. newbee2:Smilywais:
PS computer is as far as I can tell,free of viruses etc...

Lord of the Rings October 25th, 2006 05:27 PM

On micro$oft's site they did recommend against using more than one software firewall at one time. They have removed or moved that reference. But almost all FW companies say the same thing. Because it can result in less security not more. They can clash when run together.

newbee2 October 25th, 2006 05:34 PM

Yes I agree, router has integral FWall, two people who are far more ''up to speed'' than me(NOT HARD) I might add! recommended that it would be a good idea to re-enable windows FWall,(I also miss ZAlarm because I can deny some windows prog. like MPlayer updates,and access to net) I admit to being a little scared of just relying on router FWall, Do you advise not using windows FWall?
Many thanks for answer so far,

Lord of the Rings October 25th, 2006 05:43 PM

You need one software firewall. I'd normally recommend choosing one or the other (XP or ZA)

We're getting off-topic here. :D

newbee2 October 25th, 2006 05:53 PM

Agreed ,problem is windows keeps turning itself off,Zalrm messes up my file sharing, so what now? which is easier? both are causing problems,wonder why windows is enabled sometimes and not others?
Thanks again, really do appreciate input,newbee

Lord of the Rings October 25th, 2006 05:58 PM

I don't use XP so I can't speak from experience with its firewall. Surely if you configure ZA's FW properly it should be fine.

newbee2 October 26th, 2006 04:57 PM

Thanks LOTR, will wrestle with Zalrm, it is a problem with ZA to set up networks and file sharing,or perhaps ZA conflicts with router more than XP,if XP didnt turn itself off i'd stick with it, thankyou for help,much appreciated. as the guru said'' If nothing changes, all will stay the same''
:Smilywais: newbee2

newbee2 October 28th, 2006 05:18 PM

Just a Quickie LOTR, on the VLC 'Preview' thing, tried the ''Launch'' from Incomplete window and it didn't work, when video completed, VLC played it ok,
When I tried from incomplete on disc,you get an error message and the option to ' mend avi file' when 'launch' from incomplete window on LW nothing happened at all? and as you said no preview file raised,I'd hoped 'Launch' would work but fraid not.It's a pain not having preview option,should I go back to Divx? or is there anything else i could try ?
Thanks for past advice,
Newbee 2:confused:

newbee2 October 29th, 2006 06:15 PM

Well Well, just goes to show,going from incomplete folder on disc,clicking on file,vlc player offers option to ''Repair Avi File'' (This might take a long time) if I click '' NO'' I get to 'Preview' the file !!!!! If I click 'Preview' from Limewire, nothing happens, so have to go to ''Incomplete Folder'' anyway. So at long last I get to preview files.Thanks for help good people:DHope this helps others who can't Preview files with Vlc !!

Lord of the Rings October 29th, 2006 06:25 PM

Do you mean the "ignore errors" option? I always click to ignore errors. :)

newbee2 October 29th, 2006 06:47 PM

Vlc player
No, If I right click on file that is Dloading in window, if its a file WMP wont play, a preview file is created, but nothing happens,Vlc doesn't come up , so I go to 'incomplete folder' and either double click, or right click and 'open with' on the file, vlc comes up but a window called '' Avi Index'' comes up in front, it says '' This Avi file is broken,seeking will not work correctly,do you want to try and repair it?(This may take a long time), and under that are three options,either click ''Yes'' or '' No'' or ''Cancel'' if you click ''Cancel'' an ''Errors'' box appears with options to clear or save. but if you click ''No;; your preview starts,HOORAY !! if you click ''Yes'' your file is ''Mended'' i presume all bits joined together@@ dont really know what the repair option does???? At least its solved the NO Preview problem. Does this help at all , I am running XP. I don't seem to get an ''ignore errors'' option anywhere,apart from ''Errors'' if you click cancel.

ukbobboy01 October 30th, 2006 05:03 AM

You know Newbee2

You seem to have picked the "hard way" to get where you want to go, e.g. why double click an incomplete file while it is downloading, I always thought that this could cause the file to become corrupted.

Anyway, if you want to preview an incomplete file do not double click it or use WMP 10 or 11 (waste of space), I suggest you only use VLC, which as others in this forum will tell you, is very good and hardly ever comes across film clips that it can't play.

All you have to do with VLC is click File > Quick Open then browse to the file you want to play or preview then click OK. It is as simple as that.

UK Bob

PS. If I was at home I would have attached a VLC screen print.

Sleepless October 30th, 2006 06:52 AM

Double clicking a file while downloading will not cause a file to become corrupt. In windows though VLC will normally not play a file by double-clicking it in Limewire.

Some players will play the file when double-clicking, but this is not the best option. If the file is downloading while you try to play it the player will most likely not be able to render the file. Pausing and then double clicking often works and no duplicate preview file will be created when doing it like that.

On the other hand fixing the file using VLC may very well cause corruption. Choosing the fix option will allow VLC to process the file as it wants, rewriting headers etc. In most cases limewire will not recognise the file after doing this.

If you can't preview a file and want to fix it:

Go to the incomplete folder, right-click the file, choose copy. Then paste wherever you like (outside of the incomplete folder of course), and fix that one instead. Then after viewing just delete the copy.

It is pretty uncommon that VLC won't be able to play an incomplete file without fixing it, but it does happen.

newbee2 October 30th, 2006 07:35 AM

Thanks both of you, no I dont usually double click in limewire just in incomplete on disc, this is what i was talking about, tried ukbobby's tip it works for some files but not all,it also wont work on foreign languages, wary of renaming in incomplete as maybe not recognised when download resumes, I ''mended'' a few befor realising that they dont download now ! try the copy route next Thanks Sleepless,its easier to delete preview files it seems from now on. Many thanks for comments, and yes I do seem to have a knack of doing things the hard way !!! It's hard work this learning thing, as the guru said ''Everything stays the same,unless something changes'':D PS I would NEVER use WMP 10 or 11 on Principle,built in copyright issues !!

ukbobboy01 October 30th, 2006 10:15 AM


You are probably right about "double clicking" on an incomplete file will not corrupt it but why take the chance? I just feel that "double clicking" could be disruptive to the download process and/or the file in its unassembled state.

As for VLC, of which I am still using the previous version, I have found that if you download 10% or more of a file VLC will read it.

Finally, I agree with your idea of copying and pasting an incomplete file into a different directory/folder before you start to experiment with it, as Newbee2 found out, the download will fail if LW perceives that the file has changed.

UK Bob

PS. Newbee2, you have some interesting problems, hope you post some more.

newbee2 October 31st, 2006 01:50 PM

as above
As a last word maybe? I tried to double click in saved files library window for a Vlc saved file, lo and behold it Doesnt launch from there,WMP does, but Vlc doesnt ,does anyone else have this problem??? Nor does it play when i click 'Launch' I had this problem with incomplete files, but hadnt tried complete files.
Any ideas?
Puzzled (Vlc launches files from disc ok) Newbee2
PS sorry to be a nuisance with all these requests,but so far everyone has been very helpfull which I really appreciate. Thanks.:bangh:

birdy October 31st, 2006 02:29 PM

For some reason, Windows users can't use VLC to launch or preview from within the LW library. Go to your library, click on Saved Files & then click Explore. Your saved folder opens outside of LW...launch from there.
Same deal for previewing, but instead of opening the saved folder, open the incomplete folder by clicking it & then using Explore.

newbee2 October 31st, 2006 02:32 PM

Thanks Birdy

Xcite November 1st, 2006 06:24 PM

Hello. I'm new here. Does anyone know how to get VLC to play my downloading movies as preview? ATM WMP does that, but I find this rather bad.


Nexxus May 5th, 2007 03:01 PM

I love the VLC player as it plays videos that I would otherwise not be able to play. But I have this one problem with it. In certain video files, there's this yellowish grid that flickers in over the center of the image from the top of the image to the bottom. I distorts the colors underneath the grid too. Most of the language in the settings and such are a bit over my head. This has happened with a few files I've d/l'ed from Youtube as well. Does anyone know how to correct this? Thanks.

Goku SysOP May 5th, 2007 05:16 PM

Media Player Classic Works With .mov if You Download K-Like Mega Codec Pack 2.01

birdy May 5th, 2007 10:16 PM

Sorry, I can't help you because I haven't had the problem you're having but try going to the VideoLAN forum. Use their search first, just to see whether the question's been answered before;)
The VideoLAN Forums :: View topic - READ FIRST: Forum information and rules

ukbobboy01 May 6th, 2007 07:07 AM


Sounds like you are having a small video card/driver incompatibility problems with the VLC player, although rare these problems still occur.

I would suggest that you try and make a slight adjusting to your video card settings, how slight will be depend on your current settings, the facilities you have and the monitor you are using.

UK Bob

Cthulhu69 May 17th, 2007 04:43 PM

Thanks, LOTR, for the link to VLC. I downloaded it, and it works just fine. :)
Then, I joined these forums, hehe.

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