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    Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Unable to locate any relative articles at M$, I am seeking a way to d/l codecs to allow me to view .mov files in Media Player. I don't use players too often so I would rather not d/l Quicktime or Ultra Player (sorry, Mark!) if I don't need to. Media Player says it supports .mov files, but of course when I attempt to play it, I get the message that the file is not supported.

    Now I went through this crap with .avi, mp3, mpeg, .au, and .m3u files. Most of this was resolved by updating from M$ and d/l DivX packages. Why does M$ claim to support files that aren't supported? And then have insufficient articles regarding these files in their knowledge base? No answer needed here, I'm just b****ing. I'm done.

    Any help on .mov files appreciated.

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    The HELP for MPXP does not include .mov as a supported file type. The MAC version of Media Player does support it. There is a converter available as part of the content creation tools for Media Player. Have no idea how much $$$ they are. HTH

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Seeing as Apple owns the QuickTime codec and is at best grimacing when they say they like Microsoft, I don't see how you're going to work around this one. Installing QuickTime isn't requisite to enjoy your computing experience but it is a necessary "evil" if you want to view some of the content out there.
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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Joe ~ According to Windows Media Player article Q234019:
    <hr>The information in this article applies to: Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP Home Edition/Microsoft Windows Media Player for Windows XP Professional supports the file formats in the following list: Windows Media formats File name extensions: .asf, .asx, .avi, .wav, .wax, .wma, .wm, .wmv ; Moving Pictures Experts Group (MPEG) File name extensions: m3u, mp2v, .mpg, .mpeg, .m1v, .mp2, .mp3, .mpa, .mpe, mpv2; Musical Instrument Digital Interface (MIDI) File name extensions: .mid, midi, .rmi; Apple QuickTime, Macintosh AIFF Resource File name extensions: .qt, .aif, .aifc, .aiff, .mov.<hr>
    as well as a few other articles sprinkled throughout the knowledge base. They just do not provide (or I am unable to locate) a remedy.

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Bruce,
    I have found that I can view SOME but NOT all "mov" type files. It seems that there has been a change or the file maker can make some settings that prevent some players from viewing there files.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Mark ~

    How come you didn't recommend Ultra Player?? Will it play them? I d/l the Quicktime, but I am not happy with the player. I have to open two windows to play one file - no "open" choice and the thing wants to constantly d/l ads and shows. Is that a necessary evil?

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Dave ~

    Are there ways to adjust those settings?

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Bruce - note from the article Q234019: NOTE : Windows Media Player supports files created with Apple QuickTime version 1 and 2. Windows Media Player no longer supports the .ra, .rm, and .ram file formats.
    Doubt that there are many QT 1 & 2 files floating around. You are probably running into QT 4 or 5 versions. Only solution I know of is get a player that supports the latest QT files. Sorry.

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    I am NOT into making this type of files, but with all of the changes being made they MAY have. The MAC world will do anything to block MS.

    Now running HP Pavilion a6528p, with Win7 64 Bit OS.

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    I didn't recommend Ultraplayer because it doesn't offer any functionality above and beyond what Windows XP already includes support for - save Real formats. It's also not as user friendly as Media Player because it requires direct interaction with the file system, which many people do not like.

    The QuickTime player has different modes. I don't have it installed on the system I am currently working with, so I can't give you specifics - but one form of the player is a shiny, brushed-steel looking app that does not require two windows. I also recall that you can change the default player for supported file types (e.g. QuickTime MOV files, etc).

    In regards to tweaking the WiMP settings, you might be able to figure out a way to make it play MOV files if you were patient and willing to dig into the guts of the thing (I suspect it's a codec issue), but then you would also have a hacked media player that could conceivably cause other problems.

    The only way to dump all of the nags, ads and other garbage is to pony up for the Pro version of QuickTime, which is pointless if you don't use it often. If you don't want to open up your wallet to be rid of those things, then I would say yes, it's a necessary evil. <img src=/S/sad.gif border=0 alt=sad width=15 height=15>
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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Mark ~

    I have the latest Quicktime player, 5.0.2, which is the shiny brushed steel player/editor. You have to open the app, then open a new window to play a movie. I suppose you are right - the smart thing to do would be to just associate .mov w/ QT. I won't mess w/ MP, for now anyway, as I am still tackling the explorer.exe issue.

    Have you ever heard of or used DivX's 'The Playa' player?

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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    <hr>Have you ever heard of or used DivX's 'The Playa' player?<hr>
    Yes and yes.

    There seems to be nothing compelling about their player for me. Since you can download the codec and view DivX formatted media with Windows Media Player, what's the point? It's another piece of software that does the same thing - if you try it and like it, that would be reason enough to keep it around, but it didn't do a thing for me <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=7 height=22>
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    Re: Unable to play .mov files (XPP)

    Okay!

    I was just curious. I went ahead and made the proper file association, so if I get anymore .mov files, QT will jump to action.

    Thanx!

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