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Better Windows Media Video support (WMV9)

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First, Flip4Mac WMV by Telestream allows full length playback of wmv video files. You can get it here:

http://www.flip4mac.com/wmv_download.htm

 

Even with Flip4Mac, sometimes you won't get any audio (e.g.: WMV9 AAC AVI files w/ FourCCs WMV3 + MP4A). For those, you need additional QuickTime components AviImporter and FFusion. As a bonus, by using these two components you'll notice a dramatic improvement in the speed at which QuickTime opens WMV files. After the download, extract the components and place them in /Library/QuickTime. The two components can be found here:

http://userpages.umbc.edu/~dconrad1/

 

Since QuickTime disables fullscreen playback by default, there are several free options available to enable this. One solution is to use RealPlayer instead, which can also play video using QuickTime comonents:

http://www.real.com/ (look for the small blue button in the upper right hand corner)

 

As mentioned elsewhere on the net, you can alaso use an AppleScript command:

 

tell application "QuickTime Player"

present movie 1

end tell

 

Create a script file with the above code using Script Editor (/Applications/AppleScript/Script Editor), and place the script in somewhere like (~/Library/Scripts/Applications/QuickTime) which can be found by the AppleScript menu. To enable the AppleScript menu download and install files at:

http://www.apple.com/applescript/scriptmen...loads/Setup.dmg

 

Or, you can do the AppleScript equivalent from the Terminal:

 

osascript -e 'tell application "Quicktime Player" to present movie 1'

 

If you use Flip4Mac WMV's Internet browser plug-in and have it configured to launch QuickTime Player (Apple Menu -> System Preferences -> Flip4Mac WMV -> Plug-In -> Launch QuickTime Player), then you can play CNN.com videos ad free and in full screen for free (for some reason, Flip4Mac WMV lets you skip CNN.com video commercials for you).

 

Microsoft Windows Media Player for OS X also plays WMV files. If the format is perfect (WMV + WMA in an ASF container), it plays WMV files surprisingly well even on Intel Macs, despite the age of the player. However, it has some severe limitations, and the above software solutions makes it pretty much unnecessary. In any case, you can still find it here if you want:

http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/

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Sweet... cheers, Rhatta!

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rhatta, let me suggest VLC rather than monkey with all of this. much easier, since it plays literally EVERYTHING!

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rhatta, let me suggest VLC rather than monkey with all of this. much easier, since it plays literally EVERYTHING!

It does but it really struggles playing WMV WMA files on the mac.

 

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I want AVI on 10.4!!!!

One solution is to use RealPlayer instead, which can also play video using QuickTime comonents:

http://www.real.com/ (look for the small blue button in the upper right hand corner)

Are you joking? Pleas be joking. Not that it's funny. I just hope you aren't serious.

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Are you joking? Pleas be joking. Not that it's funny. I just hope you aren't serious.

 

 

Agreed. I wouldn't install Real on any system for all the tea in China. It's too bad it comes as the standard mp3 player on my treo... Can't stand that company.

 

Between flip4mac and VLC I haven't had any issues yet. Had to wait a while for the Intel flip4mac to arrive, but since then everything's been perfect. Will keep those plugins for quicktime in mind though...

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