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Media Center not playing videos

  1. #1


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7

    Media Center not playing videos


    Hi Everyone, Just seeing if anybody else is having this same issue. When I play an Mpeg2 video file thru Media Player, its plays the sound fine, but there is not video. The video played with no problems with Media Player in Windows 7.

    I have loaded VLC & the video played fine, but I like to use Media Player.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks

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  2. #2


    As you found out you can't run video's in Windows Media Player any longer. Windows 8 was designed that way on purpose.

    You have to use VLC but you can also use Windows Media Center to play video's either for free or for a small fee depending on what ever upgrade offer was used.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 4
    Windows 7


    That's not entirely true. I was able to watch an MP4 or WMV video file thru media player.

    Can I ask what you mean by "play video's either for free or for a small fee depending on what ever upgrade offer was used."

    For instance, if someone paid the $40 for the upgrade, how could they get Media Player to work like it did in Win 7?


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    As you found out you can't run video's in Windows Media Player any longer. Windows 8 was designed that way on purpose.

    You have to use VLC but you can also use Windows Media Center to play video's either for free or for a small fee depending on what ever upgrade offer was used.
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  4. #4


    You could try Shark's codecs:Shark007.net - Windows 8 Codecs - WMP12 Codecs
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  5. #5


    Posts : 1,127
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by choliscott View Post
    Hi Everyone, Just seeing if anybody else is having this same issue. When I play an Mpeg2 video file thru Media Player, its plays the sound fine, but there is not video. The video played with no problems with Media Player in Windows 7.

    I have loaded VLC & the video played fine, but I like to use Media Player.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    It's just like Windows 7 in that you have to install codec packs, especially with nonstandard files like MKV.

    Almost my whole library is MKV because of its flexibility so I understand the pain of codec packs. People like VLC because all the codecs are contained within VLC. However, I prefer codec packs so that they're throughout the system and therefore all media players in that system can use the codec.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 80
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by choliscott View Post
    Hi Everyone, Just seeing if anybody else is having this same issue. When I play an Mpeg2 video file thru Media Player, its plays the sound fine, but there is not video. The video played with no problems with Media Player in Windows 7.

    I have loaded VLC & the video played fine, but I like to use Media Player.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
    It's just like Windows 7 in that you have to install codec packs, especially with nonstandard files like MKV.

    Almost my whole library is MKV because of its flexibility so I understand the pain of codec packs. People like VLC because all the codecs are contained within VLC. However, I prefer codec packs so that they're throughout the system and therefore all media players in that system can use the codec.
    .mkv is not a file, its a container. It usually contains x264 as the video stream which Windows understands. Why Microsoft still hasn't included built in .mkv support is a mystery.
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