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Meganxx December 1st, 2012 09:48 PM

Everytime i download a movie its not supported! what do i do?
Just wondering if anyone out there knows which type i download when downloading a movie? Everytime i finally finish a download it says "Windows Media Player cannot play the file" blah blah

Blackhorse 70V December 1st, 2012 10:44 PM

Greetings Meganxx,

Welcome to the Gnutella forums!

Your problem, most likely, is an issue with CODECs (coding/de-coding files necessary to play various videos) that are not included with WMP.

I recommend you download a better player, such as POT Player, that comes packed with virtually all current CODECs. The program is free and can be easily found on the Internet.

For more info on this and other tips for the best downloads (and which ones to avoid) see:
Be sure to scroll down to the post from LOTR.

ukbobboy01 December 2nd, 2012 04:14 AM

POT Player?
Hi Blackhorse

You know, I've never heard of the POT Player and normally, for the type of problem Meganxx has, I would recommend VLC or GOM, which I still use.

However, I will now give POT a try but I just have one small point, I came across a site that wanted to give you a downloader, along with POT, so that you would be served with adverts and other assorted rubbish, sites like these should be avoided.

UK Bob

ukbobboy01 December 2nd, 2012 04:43 AM

POT Player (Part Two)

I've just installed the POT Player and it has more controls than I am used to but I like it.

It seems to be clearer in tone than my other media players, obviously I cannot give a full evaluation but what I have seen I like. However, I still have to work my way around it in order to get its best but so far so good.

I'm listening to Bobby Womack's "(If You Want My Love) Put Something Down On It" at the moment and, guess what, the player auto-selected all my saved Womack tracks and is playing them just like the way we used to play albums back in the day (wow).

Currently grooving to "Across 110th St".

UK Bob

Blackhorse 70V December 2nd, 2012 04:51 AM

POT is an improved version of KM Player, by the same (Korean, I believe) author. It's lightweight and has all the same features as VLC & GOM, plus an extra or two that I don't recall. (Might have been the ability to save still images from video, or to extract music, or some other bells and whistles).

Since it is freeware the usual wankers will offer it with various add-ons, while others try to sell it. I got my copy from a site with user reviews (CNet, softpedia, or some similar site). I do seem to recall that a downloader was offered (to work from within the player) but, if so, I would have opted out.

Your post landed before mine.
Yeah, I just today noticed how it grabs all songs by the same artist (it actually selects groups based on the first word in the filename). kewl

Meganxx December 2nd, 2012 11:28 PM

Great! thanks for that it works!!! Now that ive done that will the movies i transfer to my external hardrive work on my ps3? having the same troubles with that!

Lord of the Rings December 3rd, 2012 12:10 AM

PS3™ | Types of files that can be played

ps3 might be restricted from playing some *patent* formats such as 3ivx, etc., no idea. But what can often be an issue for players is an odd mix of audio with video type within a particular media container type. For example, VBR mp3 with video in an AVI container can cause playback problems for many players. The VBR instead of CBR being the issue. AVI is itself often an issue because it is an extremely old file container that has not been updated in many years (8-10 years) by Microsoft to cater properly for advancements in video and audio formats and subtitles, chapters, etc.

In fact in the link above, there's no mention of mp3 compatibility in either the video or music section. Only mentions mp2 compatibility. I do not know if that is the case in practice. If it is the case, then any video with mp3 audio will no doubt be problematic.

According to Wikipedia: AVI container: "H.264/AVC is problematic due to the limited B-frame support. Vorbis audio is problematic." Lack of direct chapter or subtitle support. No menu support. No 3D support. Whereas the MP4 and mkv containers support all these things.

Without a ps3 I cannot test. At worst you may need to reconvert the problematic videos. Recommended would be to convert the videos to H264 format (X264 is better) with either PCM audio or ACC (MP4) audio.

Alternatively, I don't know if it's possible, but playback via computer to your ps3. That would be the best alternative I could think of. But I've never even used a ps3 lol. I presume ps3 would allow for line input for both video and audio. I use firewire for my video+audio transmission to TV from my computer for example. ps3 probably has USB input at least.

Meganxx December 3rd, 2012 01:43 AM

thanks for that, most of it didnt make sense to me but ill see what i can do :)

Blackhorse 70V December 3rd, 2012 07:59 AM


Originally Posted by Lord of the Rings (Post 370875)
AVI is ... an extremely old file container...

As am I.
Nothing reflects the passage of time so acutely as technology.

ukbobboy01 December 3rd, 2012 09:38 AM


Old technology, as long as it works and is still useful then I'll keep on using it (that's why I still use MS Word97 as my WP).

UK Bob

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