Results 1 to 12 of 12
  1. #1
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Windows Media Player (11)

    I want to download or just watch some video out of Australian television and the programmes require MP4 video software to be loaded. How do I go about solving this with Media Player? There seems to be a lot of mp4 software available so can anyone advise which is the best/safest to download and 'what to do'. I have ADSL broadband and Vista.
    I am much a novice so any help would be very welcome.
    Thanks in advance and Merry Christmas
    Ron
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  2. #2
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    The K-Lite Codec Pack should add MP4 support. Another player that can play MP4 is the free VLC player from VideoLAN. And iTunes from Apple.

  3. #3
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Thanks Hans. I will take a look after Christmas.
    All the best
    Ron
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  4. #4
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Hello again Hans.
    Well I decided to give myself a present before Christmas and downloaded the iTunes/Quicktime software that was one of the ones you mentioned. I played with the settings and stupidly clicked on the Quicktime Edit/Preferences/Quicktime Preferences/Browser/MIME settings/Select All/Save. Hmm, it was only an experiment !!! but now I do not seem to be able to go back to the default settings that I had selected ... I don't want QT to 'grab' everything from WMP.
    The QT Help seems to suggest that it is flexible and settings can be changed???
    Do you/anyone think that my only way out is to ditch the download and redo it? I can now download the mp4 videos (great) but do I need both QT and iTunes to do this ... they came as one download but seem to be two separate programmes. Anyone got experience of this stuff?
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  5. #5
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    The QuickTime player by itself can play MP4, and iTunes too, so you can keep either or both.
    You can simply clear all check boxes in the File Types tab of the QuickTime preferences dialog, except the one for MPEG-4. That way, the QuickTime player will only be used for .mp4 files, not for others.

  6. #6
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Thanks Hans.
    The 'Clear check boxes' simply does not function, they are now all greyed out and I can't seem to change this so maybe I have a download mix up!
    And, of cause, it says on their web page that they only offer technical help to those with Mac's!
    Ah well, lets enjoy Christmas first.
    Regards
    Ron
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  7. #7
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Have you expanded the items, as illustrated below (where "Streaming" has been expanded)?
    Attached Images Attached Images

  8. #8
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Hei again
    My QT Preferences page looks a bit different ... see attached. Maybe they have changed it. All the items are in an expanded form on the MIME or File page but all are now greyed out. Think I may have to dump the software and reload.
    Regards
    Ron
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  9. #9
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    That's probably best. It shouldn't take too long to uninstall and reinstall QuickTime and/or iTunes.

  10. #10
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Hei Hans,
    Well I dumped all the software previously downloaded for QuickTime and the iTunes and then just loaded a fresh copy of the latest QT. And up came the same problem in that all the preferences are greyed out. I then took a look at Apple's users comments and found many complains about different aspects of their new QT release ... so I guess its a case of wait and see!
    Many thanks for your inputs and help.
    regards
    Ron
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  11. #11
    3 Star Lounger
    Join Date
    Nov 2007
    Location
    Baerum, Norway
    Posts
    253
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Hei Hans and Godt Nytt År.
    Solved my problem ... this may be of interest to other readers who find new installs of eg QuickTime grab defaults from eg Windows Media Player. I went to Control Panel/Programmes/Default Prog/Set default and then looked at all the listed programmes including WMP. Got them as I wanted!
    Regards
    Ron
    <img src=/S/aussie.gif border=0 alt=aussie width=21 height=22> <img src=/S/cheers.gif border=0 alt=cheers width=30 height=16>

  12. #12
    Plutonium Lounger
    Join Date
    Mar 2002
    Posts
    84,353
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 29 Times in 29 Posts

    Re: Windows Media Player (11)

    Thanks for sharing the solution! It will likely be useful to others.

    Gelukkig Nieuwjaar!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •