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Windows 7: MPG files don't show accurate time [and resolution]


14 Jan 2011   #1

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 
MPG files don't show accurate time [and resolution]

When I am using Windows Explorer, recently I've noticed that MPG files are showing inaccurate length of time and resolution.

As an example, I have a 1 hour MPG [720 * 480 resolution] and Windows Explorer says the length is 173 hours, 37 minutes and 16 seconds! If I go into the Details tab from the Properties of the file, it claims the bit rate is 40kbps.

Some MPGs don't give anything.

I use DivX Player for just about all the other movie files.

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15 Jan 2011   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I can't directly answer your question, but I can tell you I see similar things on mp3 files---maybe 1 out of 200.

These mp3 might really by 3 minutes long, but show in I-Tunes as being 20 or 30 minutes long. And their bit rate is wrong. The true bit rate might be 160 or 192, but it shows as 32 or 40.

It's never cause any playback problems, so I don't worry about it. Don't know what's behind it.
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15 Jan 2011   #3

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

@ignatzatsonic : The difference in your case is that your issue is within a program [and sloppy programming as iTunes didn't detect some weird variant of an MP3]. In this case, it's any MPG file in Windows Explorer [which is a program as well]. I'm sure the MP3s in question would have the same issue in any computer. As for my MPG issue, it's a problem with somethin in Windows 7 [probably uniquely to my system] as I dual boot with Win XP and Win XP is fine.
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17 Jan 2011   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

It is certainly not a problem with Windows (either 7 or any other, for that matter), or with iTunes in ignatzatsonic's case. What you both guys have is simply either a corrupted file (which you can still play, this can depend on the type of software [i.e. decoder] you use for this), or the fact that the encoder failed when building the file from the original.

The simplest recommendation (and the most effective) is to rebuild the file from the original CD/DVD if the playback is damaged or you're really annoyed by the details showing in WinExplore.
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19 Jan 2011   #5

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Gornot View Post
It is certainly not a problem with Windows (either 7 or any other, for that matter), or with iTunes in ignatzatsonic's case. What you both guys have is simply either a corrupted file (which you can still play, this can depend on the type of software [i.e. decoder] you use for this), or the fact that the encoder failed when building the file from the original.

The simplest recommendation (and the most effective) is to rebuild the file from the original CD/DVD if the playback is damaged or you're really annoyed by the details showing in WinExplore.
I guess there is no way to fix this instead with some utility?
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23 Jan 2011   #6

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Unfortunately, no, there isn't, because I assume that the encoder which built those files simply wasn't set up properly, or the encoding process was corrupted in some way. But if you actually can playback those files properly, I see no reason to be so bugged by it. If you have the original DVD and don't want to encode and compress the file, you can simply decrypt what you need.
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31 Jan 2011   #7

Windows 7 Pro x64
 
 

Actually, I found the proble. I have a converter utility called dbPowerAmp from Illustrate and it was intercepting the resolution, dimensions, etc. and gave the wrong info. Turned off the feature and it's fine.

Thanks anyways!
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31 Jan 2011   #8

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

There you go, lol, nice to see you resolved it.
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