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    Default Video players won't play new avi

    Trying to view a sample .avi video with Kaffeine, Mplayer, and VLC I get the following message on the introductory screen "codec error : use windows media player", followed by a message telling me it's trying to connect to Microsoft. Then it stops. I have never seen this before. Is this something I can work around?

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    Default Re: Video players won't play new avi

    Quote Originally Posted by ionmich View Post
    Trying to view a sample .avi video with Kaffeine, Mplayer, and VLC I get the following message on the introductory screen "codec error : use windows media player", followed by a message telling me it's trying to connect to Microsoft. Then it stops. I have never seen this before. Is this something I can work around?.
    avi is just a wrapper. Can you tell us what codec is inside the avi wrapper?

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    Default Re: Video players won't play new avi

    Quote Originally Posted by oldcpu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by ionmich View Post
    Trying to view a sample .avi video with Kaffeine, Mplayer, and VLC I get the following message on the introductory screen "codec error : use windows media player", followed by a message telling me it's trying to connect to Microsoft. Then it stops. I have never seen this before. Is this something I can work around?
    avi is just a wrapper. Can you tell us what codec is inside the avi wrapper?
    In case you do not know how to do this, one way to find out the codec is to use ffmpeg (which is available from Packman: PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket ffmpeg ) and type
    ffmpeg -i yourvideo.avi #where yourvideo.avi is the name of the avi file

    Another way to find out the codec is to use media info (from packman): PackMan :: Informationen zum Paket MediaInfo
    In my case, as a KDE-3.5.10 user, I installed the mediainfo-konqueror, and I just right click on the file in konqueror, and select MediaInfo, and it tells me the codec inside the avi file wrapper.

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    Default Re: Video players won't play new avi

    There's something very strange here. The file is over 300 megs in size, and took a while to download, but ffmpeg reports it's only 18 seconds long.

    The output reads...
    Seems stream 1 codec frame rate differs from container frame rate: 1000.00 (1000/1) -> 30.00 (30/1)
    Input #0, asf, from 'DATA/MOV/Limburg.avi':
    Duration: 00:00:18.37, start: 1.578000, bitrate: 320990 kb/s
    Stream #0.0: Audio: wmav2, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 128 kb/s
    Stream #0.1: Video: wmv3, yuv420p, 640x480, 1372 kb/s, 30.00 tb(r)
    Must supply at least one output file

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    Your file/download seems broken.

    Code:
    Input #0, asf, from 'DATA/MOV/Limburg.avi':
    Duration: 00:00:18.37, start: 1.578000, bitrate: 320990 kb/s
    Stream #0.0: Audio: wmav2, 44100 Hz, stereo, s16, 128 kb/s
    Stream #0.1: Video: wmv3, yuv420p, 640x480, 1372 kb/s, 30.00 tb(r)
    All ugly but supported.

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