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    avi files

    I cannot get .avi files to play on my PC. <img src=/S/brickwall.gif border=0 alt=brickwall width=25 height=15> It tells me I need a decompressor(?) (error 80040200). I went to Microsoft's site and downloaded and installed the latest version (V9) of Windows media player, but that did not solve the problem. <img src=/S/hairout.gif border=0 alt=hairout width=31 height=23> Any insight that anyone can provide will be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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    Re: avi files

    Do you have Windows XP? Run Windows Update. MS has a bunch of codecs (codec = coder/decoder) available. After installing it, I was able to run several video files that complained about needing a new codec before.

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    Re: avi files

    What was the source of the AVI files? If they are the "movies" shot with a digital camera, you typically need QuickTime player or the codecs that get installed with QuickTime player. Once you have that, you can convert between formats. Here's some stuff I posted elsewhere that might help:

    Canon (Tested with PowerShot G3 movies)

    The file can be played in QuickTime. For other formats, which might not play in QuickTime (you can't please everyone, I guess), I took the recommendation to try VirtualDub, a free program that quite quickly can convert the Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) videos that digital cameras create (the file extension - AVI or MOV - is meaningless) into files that Windows Media Player and RealOne can play.

    1. <LI>Download VirtualDub ZIP file from http://www.virtualdub.org/

      <LI>Unzip, then double-click VirtualDub.exe to start it up

      <LI>Open file to convert (File > Open), then press the right arrow to show the first frame. Right one? Good.

      <LI>On the Video menu choose Compression... and pick Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2 (QuickTime cannot play this format, but it can play the original format)

      <LI>On the File menu choose Save As AVI, give it a name, and watch it fly

      <LI>Close the file before testing
    This gives pretty good compression, too.

    Minolta (Tested with DiMAGE 7i and 7Hi movies)

    The 7i and 7Hi .mov files are QuickTime MDAT files. Not a lot of programs read this format (of course, the free QuickTime player is an exception).

    1. <LI>Download the RAD Video Tools installer from http://www.radgametools.com/bnkdown.htm (Windows only, as far as I can tell). This is donation-ware. Double-click radtools.exe to install.

      <LI>From Start > Programs > Bink and Smacker, run RAD Video Tools

      <LI>Navigate to and highlight .MOV file to convert then click the Convert a file button

      <LI>Click the Output type.. button and choose AVI (click the Defaults button to save this setting)

      <LI>Click the Convert button and the file should open and you should get a pop-up asking for an output CODEC. Microsoft MPEG-4 Video Codec V2 (third up from bottom) works well.

      Note: If RAD Video Tools cannot read the file, you probably do not have
      the free QuickTime player. Download and install it from
      http://www.apple.com/quicktime/products/qt/, then try again.

      <LI>The new .AVI file will be samed in the same folder with the same name but an AVI extension.
    Hope this helps!

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    Re: avi files

    Hans, I am running Windows 2000, not XP. Should have mentioned this. So many things to remember <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>. How does that change things? Thanks.

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    Re: avi files

    jscher, they were .avis that people sent me. I do not know how they were "obtained". Thanks.

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    Re: avi files

    <IMG SRC=http://www.krymow.com/images/camera2.gif> Hi, Ron ~

    To alleviate this problem. simply download DivX 5.0.3. This will give you the codecs for nearly all .avi<small>s</small> you will ever view. You do not need to install or use the player that comes with it - Windows Media Player will recognize the codecs automatically.

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    Re: avi files

    <img src=/S/thankyou.gif border=0 alt=thankyou width=40 height=15> Thanks Bruce, works like a charm. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

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