Where are my System Specs?
Right Click "My Computer" > Properties.
Also make sure you post the version of winamp you are running.
What is the file format?
Meaning the Extension of the file. (.avi, .mpeg) If you are running XP and have extensions hidden, Goto Control panel> Folder Options> View> uncheck
'Hide Extensions for known Filetypes'. Otherwise you can right-click the file.
What are codecs?
Codecs are files required by your computer and media players to play audio and video. Videos require BOTH.
Originally posted by DJ Egg
Basically, I think it's all down to codecs & DirectShow filters.
It's especially those dodgy codec packs which cause most of the problems.
All you need are:
DivX and Xvid (though ffdshow can handle these, so no need to install them)*
OggDS Filter for .OGM
An MPEG-2 DVD Decoder (Cyberlink PowerDVD / Intervideo WinDVD / Gabest)
AC3Filter for AC3 audio layer (ie. if video uses ac3 audio)
CoreAAC (if video uses AAC audio)
Windows Media 8/9 codecs for ASF/WMV/MPEG-1
QT Alternative, for MOV, MPEG-4
If the video still won't play, then use G-Spot to determine the required audio & video filters.
eg. other video formats might include:
Matroska (mkv, mka)
Real Media RM (do NOT install the evil RealPlayer!)
And all codecs/filters should be installed individually, not all at the same time.
* re: ffdshow
Once installed, go to: Start > Programs > ffdshow > configuration
Under "Codecs", make sure DivX 3/4/5 and XviD are both set to enabled.
If disabled, click where it says "disabled" and change drop-down menu to "libavcodec".
If the above list still doesnt help you, and you do not know what codecs your video requires, Download Gspot
. Gspot will attempt to access the video file. It tells you if you have the required video and audio codecs, AND if the video file is actually playable. After installing gspot, open the video w/ gspot. remember to click render. Here is a pic to help with g spot. -->[Image]
None of the above helps, what now?
. Upgrade to the latest version of Winamp
. Upgrade to latest DirectX
. DirectX v8 or later. (in windows start > run > dxdiag) to find what version you have. 9.0c is the latest.
. In winamp, ctrl+p > video > un
check both "video overlay" and "allow yv12 overlay mode"
3. The most important advice i can give you is to never download codec packs, EVER
If Egg, or whoever wants to append this to improve, please do so.
Thanks, I needed it all in one post, so i can now just use one post instead of the 3 i usually use.
[Edit --> DJ Egg]
Changed ffdshow link to latest version