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. . .I can't seem to get video clips off the web to play on the Quicktime I downloaded. When I select a video, it downloads in a small window, then the icon stays, for example RUF.wmv. It shows up on my desktop, but how do I get it from there into Quicktime? Or am I not understanding something basic? Thanks very much.
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. . .I can't seem to get video clips off the web to play on the Quicktime I downloaded. When I select a video, it downloads in a small window, then the icon stays, for example RUF.wmv. It shows up on my desktop, but how do I get it from there into Quicktime? Or am I not understanding something basic? Thanks very much.
I'm not sure but I think Quicktime doesn't play .wmv files, you need windows media player:

http://download.com.com/3000-2182-10242701.html

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. . .right. WMV. I get it. Thanks for the gentle reply!
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NOOOO don't infect your Mac with Windows media player!
Use VLC!
(google for VideoLAN, it'll be the first one. I'm feeling lazy right now.)
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NOOOO don't infect your Mac with Windows media player!
Use VLC!
(google for VideoLAN, it'll be the first one. I'm feeling lazy right now.)
Does VLC do all the codecs now? Last time I tried it it would only do about half the files I found and had some sound problems.

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it does damn near everything. It's played all but exactly one video file I've thrown at it.
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Thanks, I'll give VLC a try. Anything to avoid any Windows product. One more question: When I download a clip it appears as an icon on the desktop. how do I move it from there into the video player's file? Thanks again.
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yeah VLC is the way to go.. I use it, i know mac addikt uses it, pretty much anyone whose tried it uses it.
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Thanks, I'll give VLC a try. Anything to avoid any Windows product. One more question: When I download a clip it appears as an icon on the desktop. how do I move it from there into the video player's file? Thanks again.
Not quite sure what you mean here... but it sounds like something a click and drag would solve?
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One more question: When I download a clip it appears as an icon on the desktop. how do I move it from there into the video player's file? Thanks again.
If you download and install VLC - you can drag the VLC icon from your Applications folder into your Dock so it's always there for ya'. Then when you download a movie to your desktop, just drag the file to the VLC icon in the dock. It'll launch VLC and begin playing your movie.
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Also, if you want to be able to double-click to play in VLC:

Right-click the file
Open With -> Other
Find VNC
Make sure "Always open with" is checked

There are a number of kinds of video files and each of these must be set like this.
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Got it. Thanks!
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