Friday, 12 March 2010

Play It Again, Sam: Playing Videos On Vista

Bummer. I recently upgraded to Vista and now Windows MediaPlayer objects when I try to play movies. What am I doing wrong?

I don't know you well enough to judge you so let's focus on MediaPlayer, shall we.

I use VLC Media Player - get it here. It plays just about anything you feed it, apart from (though I must admit I haven't tried it so can't really be certain - maybe it does) toast - which on the other hand might be a tad unhealthy for your DVD drive anyway (legal disclaimer etc).

Once upon a time some '.avi' (a video type) files of mine played upside down. For one reason or another, VLC Media Player played them correctly. On Windows Vista, MediaPlayer simply refuses to play DVDs or multimedia files. VLC Media Player does the trick.

Extensive and lengthy articles have been written about the ins and outs of why all this happens / does not happen. Don't ask me the science behind it, though I did research that years ago. Use VLC Media Player. Whether you're a Windows user or prefer other platforms - or both - VLC offers a multitude. MAC and Linux readers: no reason to shy away!


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