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How do I play MPEG ?

  1. #11


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Window media player was dropped in the EU...in America it's still there. There was a lawsuit brought before the EU counsel and MS was forced to drop it.
    This is not entirely true

    Microsoft was forced to create a Windows version without Media Player ==> Hence the "Windows N" versions (many thanks to Nelie Kroes who made this possible ) It's a stupid EU rule, because once you install the N version you can download Media Player through Windows Update.

    The point is that Microsoft is still allowed to sell the origional version (luckily!!) and the price is the same as the N versions. So the N versions aren't selling very good. In fact all the mayor shops here don't even have the N versions on sale.

    It isn't known how many N versions have been sold since "Windows XP N", but rumours are the numbers won't be higher than a few thousand. It doesn't surprise me and I don't mind. I mean seriously....it would be like selling a car without the integrated stereoset because that way the other stereoset manufacturers won't have a chance to sell their products.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    I tried K lite but I still cant view the MPEGs in Windows movie maker

    Now I cant open Movie maker beause it says '' Another user is using Movie Maker close the session '' but there isnt another one open - ??
    Things getting worse ! Wish I could take this thing back
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  3. #13


    If you have an "N" (no media player) version of Windows 8, you can add the stuff back in using the Media Feature Pack:

    Download Media Feature Pack for N and KN versions of Windows 8 from Official Microsoft Download Center

    (The EU didn't ban that stuff, but it's not allowed to be installed by default. You have to do it yourself.)

    I don't know whether it will fix your problems, but I'd be more hopeful than with installing third party codec packs.
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  4. #14


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    Thanks but it didnt work - not suitable for my computer it says
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  5. #15


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Have you tried installing K-Lite codecpack? That ought to do it.....
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  6. #16


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Have you tried installing K-Lite codecpack? That ought to do it.....
    Yes I tried - that didnt work either
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    Window media player was dropped in the EU...in America it's still there. There was a lawsuit brought before the EU counsel and MS was forced to drop it.
    This is not entirely true

    Microsoft was forced to create a Windows version without Media Player ==> Hence the "Windows N" versions (many thanks to Nelie Kroes who made this possible ) It's a stupid EU rule, because once you install the N version you can download Media Player through Windows Update.

    The point is that Microsoft is still allowed to sell the origional version (luckily!!) and the price is the same as the N versions. So the N versions aren't selling very good. In fact all the mayor shops here don't even have the N versions on sale.

    It isn't known how many N versions have been sold since "Windows XP N", but rumours are the numbers won't be higher than a few thousand. It doesn't surprise me and I don't mind. I mean seriously....it would be like selling a car without the integrated stereoset because that way the other stereoset manufacturers won't have a chance to sell their products.

    I should have posted a link that explained in detail...I was just pointing out the main bullets and dropped the ball on that part. Your absolutely correct with what you've posted...thanks for posting the full explanation.
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  8. #18


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    Are you sure your camcorder MPEG files aren't compressed by some wierd Sony-like codec? In other words..... you might have to download and install some files from Sony to 'translate' their own MPEG format. You might want to check out their site.

    Unfortunately not all MPEG files are alike you see ==> just because it's called MPEG doesn't naturally mean it's all the same

    Once, a long time ago , I helped a friend of mine who had a Sony camcorder and couldn't get the movies played on the computer. It appeared that they were coded in some wierd Sony format. Installed a Sony codec and done....
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  9. #19


    Quote Originally Posted by Janie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Have you tried installing K-Lite codecpack? That ought to do it.....
    Yes I tried - that didnt work either
    At some point it'd be good to have a few facts, like whether you have the 32 or 64 bit version of Windows 8, and whether you have the "N" version (no WMP) or not.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 15
    Windows 8


    Oh no - it just gets worse !

    I checked the movie maker help pages and it says -- I can use these files


    • Video files: .asf, .avi, .m1v, .mp2, .mp2v, .mpe, .mpeg, .mpg, .mpv2, .wm, and .wmv

    I have experimented and now find that MPEG can be viewed on the timeline and not the preview screen and WMV can be viewed on the preview screen and not the timeline ???????? I need both






    Quote Originally Posted by Der Snoober View Post
    Are you sure your camcorder MPEG files aren't compressed by some wierd Sony-like codec? In other words..... you might have to download and install some files from Sony to 'translate' their own MPEG format. You might want to check out their site.

    Unfortunately not all MPEG files are alike you see ==> just because it's called MPEG doesn't naturally mean it's all the same

    Once, a long time ago , I helped a friend of mine who had a Sony camcorder and couldn't get the movies played on the computer. It appeared that they were coded in some wierd Sony format. Installed a Sony codec and done....
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

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