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  1. #1
    heyloo
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    Angry Windows Media Player
    I...just don't like Windows Media Player. I'm a recent switcher from Windows to Mac.
    Well has anyone else experience a drastic decrease in video quality when playing WMV files in Windows Media Player? I have managed to install sets of codecs that enabled me to play the WMV files on MPLAYER and VLC; the video quality when played with those two program is fine, but once it's played with Windows Media Player, the pixels of the clip doubles or triples in size. What I see are blocks composing the objects shown in the clips. Ugh..

    Also, there are huge amount of streaming wmv (or asf files...?) on the internet that simply wouldn't play with macs. I presume that it's a problem on Windows Media Player, but has anyone faced the same problem? For streaming videos on webpages that work fine with Windows simply do not work on Mac... :-(

  2. #2
    Windows Media Player
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    I also took note of this, when I switched awhile back. You'll get use to it, because there really is no fix for it. Yes, I have also ran into the problem of no being able to play some of the streamed content neither. I don't really think you can do anything about it. The Windows Media Player tends to be very picky on the mac.

  3. #3
    Windows Media Player
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    Yes its true windows media player on the mac sucks. Apple make a decent quicktime player on window so why cant they return the favor??

  4. #4
    Windows Media Player
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mr Sprout
    Yes its true windows media player on the mac sucks. Apple make a decent quicktime player on window so why cant they return the favor??
    It sucks anywhere, not just on mac.

  5. #5
    Windows Media Player
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    Why doesn't Apple put out a program that will play it? they'd make a fortune
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    I started using PS from finding this forum and all the help I have gotten here thru the years is immeasurable
    thank you MacForums and all it's members

  6. #6
    Windows Media Player

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    Quote Originally Posted by iNAP
    Why doesn't Apple put out a program that will play it? they'd make a fortune
    Who'd pay money for that? Besides, Microsoft has patents on some of the newer WMV codecs.

  7. #7
    Windows Media Player
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    Flip 4 Mac might do what you want without having to install WMP.
    http://www.flip4mac.com/products.htm
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  8. #8
    Ey3 D
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    Windows Media Player sucks. I downloaded it, played 3 or 4 .wmvs, it just quit, and then it would open. The icon would bounce in the dock, and then quit. Got rid of it, got VLC, good most of the time, but can be buggy at times.

  9. #9
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    The only thing on Mac that works well is Quicktime. While WMP does suck on Mac it is infinitely better than Real Player.
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  10. #10
    Windows Media Player
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    May 07, 2005
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    iMac G5, 17.in screen. 1.8GHz, Mac OS X 10.4 Tiger.
    How is it that .avi files are given a Quicktime icon, yet I have to resort to using VLC to open them?
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  11. #11
    Windows Media Player
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    Because .avi is a frankenstein. Some avi files QT can open but it depends on the codec used to encode them. avi is more of a wrapper than an actual format from what I understand.
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  12. #12
    5_oh
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    How do you change your default media player in OSx

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    For what file type?
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