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09 February 2008 @ 09:50 pm
I know this is a bit of a chicken and egg problem, but could people please stop making mp4 movies until there's a decent way to _play_ the damn things??!?

Winamp claims to support mp4, but actually it only supports the audio part of the codec, so if i try to open an mp4 movie i'll get the sound but no video. Mp4 is supposed to be based off of a QuickTime format, but when i try to load mp4s in QuickTime 7 it starts playing them but with very stuttery video and sometimes locks up completely after about 15 or 30 seconds. I tried upgrading from 7.2 to 7.4 but it didn't make any difference. There's something called "DirectShow" from Microsoft that's supposed to handle it, but i can't figure out where i'm supposed to download it from, unless i want to get the entire SDK from msdn =P AMV.org recommends using 3ivx, but www.3ivx.com isn't loading for me at the moment.
Current Mood: frustratedfrustrated
Kevinbellwethr on February 10th, 2008 05:57 am (UTC)
You almost certainly just need to download the necessary codec.

I'd try this:

DonAithnendonaithnen on February 10th, 2008 06:53 am (UTC)
If QuickTime 7 claims to be able to play mp4 shouldn't it come with the codec? For that matter, if the codec isn't installed how was it able to show _any_ of the video, even if in a very stuttery format? Oh well, i'll give it a try anyways, thanks :)
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 10th, 2008 07:11 am (UTC)
Yeah, doesn't seem to have made any difference, everything still fails on it, except for QuickTime, which still stutters.
Pavajmpava on February 10th, 2008 06:33 am (UTC)
http://www.videolan.org/vlc/ VLC player works great for me. Much better then quick time. No stuttering, no trying to take over my other music formats, no random codacs to download, it's all there.
DonAithnendonaithnen on February 10th, 2008 07:27 am (UTC)
Yay! That worked! Thank you!
Kirin: Skuld-computerkirinn on February 10th, 2008 05:55 pm (UTC)
Ironically, mp4 is one of the few formats my PS3 *will* reliably play. That and really old original .mpg's.

(Actually, the latest update theoretically added DivX support, which means it now plays *some* recent AVIs, but not all of them.)

But yeah, on my Mac, VLC has proved most reliable at dealing with stupidly-recent and/or obscure codecs.