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Windows 7: Help with file extensions

05 Apr 2011   #1
Alex2011

I don't know
 
 
Help with file extensions

Hi everybody!

I'm new to this site, so if this thread is in the wrong place I apologise. I've been having troubles with a few movie files I've got. I'll start from the beginning.

I found a stack of old VHS movies of when I was a kid in the attic. I went and bought a VHS to DVD converter, and began to convert all of the movies. I now have them all on my computer, but here's the problem. Initially the films played automatically with Windows Movie Player. But, me being me, I had to fiddle about with the auto-play settings, and tried to get the movies to play automatically with Quick time, and the films would not play (however they would before). I tried to revert the settings back to their original state but this done nothing, and now I have all these movies but cant play them!

Can anybody please help with this, I've trawled through countless websites trying to find the solution but to no avail.

Thank you


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05 Apr 2011   #2
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

What extension do these movies have now?

You can play practically anything and everything with this;

VideoLAN - Official page for VLC media player, the Open Source video framework!

when you install it, associate all media files with it, and make it the default player.

Regards....Mike Connor
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05 Apr 2011   #3
Alex2011

I don't know
 
 

Hi thanks for your reply Mike,

Currently the file extensions for all the movies are .avi, but every time I try to open it in Windows Media Player it says

'Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file.'

I have downloaded VLC media player however it will not work on there either.

thanks
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05 Apr 2011   #4
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

IF they aren't working on VLC either, then they are probably dodgy video's. I've seen VLC play ANYTHING, upto and including corrupted files that Media Player threw a fit at

GOing to go ahead and assume that these are legally obtained movies... I would get in touch with the supplier.
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05 Apr 2011   #5
Alex2011

I don't know
 
 

They are legal videos, they were recorded on one of those Camcorders with the little VHS inside and to play it you needed to put the little VHS into a bigger VHS.

Get in touch with which supplier?

Thanks
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05 Apr 2011   #6
severedsolo

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Sorry, I assumed you had got them from an online service like LoveFilm or something, didn't read your first post properly

ignore my last post.
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05 Apr 2011   #7
Arc

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

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Have you tried this ?
Shark007.net - Windows 7 Codecs - WMP12 Codecs

EDIT :
What's the extention of those converted video files ?
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05 Apr 2011   #8
Mike Connor

Several, including Windows 7 x64 Ultimate
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Alex2011 View Post
Hi thanks for your reply Mike,

Currently the file extensions for all the movies are .avi, but every time I try to open it in Windows Media Player it says

'Windows Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file.'

I have downloaded VLC media player however it will not work on there either.

thanks
Well, if VLC wont play them they are more than likely corrupted in some way.

Download this and run it;

Malwarebytes

Tell us what it says.

Regards....Mike Connor
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05 Apr 2011   #9
Shark007

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

try copying the avi file from the disk to your desktop and attempt to play it from there.
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05 Apr 2011   #10
Capt.Jack Sparrow

Windows 7 Ultimate - 64-bit | Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
 
 

Hi there,

If it's only happening to the videos that was converted the I would it's those are corrupted it's a good idea to re-convert them.
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