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    Playing video files
    After years of Windows frustration, I'm now a newbie militant Mac nut. I finally talked my niece and her husband into buying an iMac for their home. They love it, but now when they receive an email with a video in it, they can't play it.

    I was able to play videos from day one when I got my MacBook. Do they need to download something? TIA.

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    depends on what the video format is, but if you use VLC Player, then you can play anything

    some videos on the net are .wmv which is a windows specific format, but you can get a plugin called Flip4MacWMV which enables quicktime to play those too

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    ... and don't forget Perian which will let you play pretty much any video file in Quicktime/Front Row etc
    Not been around these parts for a while. Trying to change that . .

    Please use the reputation system if you think you've been helped - bottom left of this post

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    Quote Originally Posted by scathe View Post
    some videos on the net are .wmv which is a windows specific format, but you can get a plugin called Flip4MacWMV which enables quicktime to play those too
    WMV will also open in VLC, unless they are DRM protected or use a weird version of the codec. MPlayer is good too.
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