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bluethunder 03-01-2014 03:24 PM

can't play .wmv videos
I have a mid '07 MacBook, 10.6.8, Flip4Mac is installed. I can see the video playing but I have no sound. Sound is set to play through internal speakers. Other things play fine. Why do I have no sound on a .wmv video? What can I look for?

chas_m 03-01-2014 05:22 PM

It's not wmv generally, it's the audio codec used in the particular wmv you're trying to play. You can add Perian (no longer supported but still works) to fix this issue.

bluethunder 03-01-2014 05:30 PM

I have Perian installed. It doesn't work. I tried uninstalling and reinstalling it. It still doesn't work. What else can I check?

chas_m 03-01-2014 05:39 PM

You're correct. It still works with QuickTime 7 Pro, but not with the Mavericks install of QuickTime X. Sorry about that.

Alternatives: download and install VLC (free) and see if that will play the file in question. Alternatively, use a converter program like iFFmpeg etc to convert the audio codec portion into something standard.

KeswicKomputing 03-01-2014 05:39 PM

The best thing to do in my opinion is download the latest compatible version of vlc player for mac.

bluethunder 03-01-2014 06:02 PM

I have Snow Leopard (mentioned in the first post) and can't even install Mavericks.

I hadn't heard of VLC. When I tried it, it threw me for a couple seconds as I had the opposite problem, sound and no video. When I clicked in the video area, then it showed up, so I guess it works. Thanks! I appreciate it.

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