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    Playing Avi Files

    We use Digital blue movie makers and we have some students that are using these to make small videos for there web sites.

    The problem I have is that when they are on a XP machine with SP1 they can play the videos on their web site if they are on there network drive or if they are on a flash drive.

    If the users are on a machine with SP2 which most of them are they can not play the videos from there network drive. What happens when they try to view the video is that they get sound but no picture. Again if they store it onto there flash drive it works fine.

    Has anyone come across this problem or know a solution?

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    Thats a codec problem by the sounds of it. any decent codec pack should sort that out or look on the install CD for the codec.

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    Thanks for the quick reply

    I have tried lots of diffrent codecs already could you recomend any other packs to try.

    I have looked on the digital blue software and there is nothing on there.

    What i find strange is that it works fine as standalone its just when its played when sitting on a network drive, and the only change is the instalation of SP2.

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    download and use gspot to check to see if the machine has the relevant codecs installed :

    http://www.headbands.com/gspot/

    They have a mini faq and the rest of it from that site.

    If that does not help then what player are they using to play the videos ?

    If it is windows media player then are the streaming or network settings set correctly for it to work ?

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    short of that I would give vlc media player a try :

    www.videolan.org/vlc/

    If it works with that then it is something to do with the player you are using or possibly something else ( Do they have permissions on the network drive to execute, read or anything like that or what permissions have you set for the students on the network drive because obviously if they can get it to work from a memory stick which they have full access to then you may of locked down the network drive ? ) Just a thought

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    We have encountered a similar problem with Espresso. It happened on random machines (all machines being identical) and even the boffins at Espresso concluded that they did not know what was going on. It was entirely random and re-imaging did the trick in every case.

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    Quote Originally Posted by lee_sri
    We use Digital blue movie makers
    Stop that giggling at the back!

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    Try the good old media player classic - I've got this on a share with no install needed [you can find it bundled with other codecs etc but there is no need really] for OEM DVD drives with no software with them.

    Our Welsh teacher is using it to play DVD's lovely

    I believe it can play alot of different avi / movie files also without additional stuff so give it a try [its better than instaling lots of codecs that may have spyware in the package - that stuff is everywhere dont'cha know ]

    http://sourceforge.net/project/showf...ckage_id=84358
    [and choose the mpc2kxp6487.7z file - for 2k/xp]

    Extract it to a share the pupils/staff can see and make a shortcut in the usual fashion, and away you go

    Good luck
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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    Seconded on Media Player Classic - great bit of kit.

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    There is also ffdshow to help Media Player classic out :

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow

    Although ( I still do prefer vlc media player - even though you have to install it )

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    Quote Originally Posted by gecko
    There is also ffdshow to help Media Player classic out :

    http://sourceforge.net/projects/ffdshow

    Although ( I still do prefer vlc media player - even though you have to install it )
    Yeah - I use VLC too - but don'y you find the slider to control location in the file never seems to go to where you want?

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    Re: Playing Avi Files

    what version of VLC do you use ?

    the slider goes exactly where I put it, its just a case of "drag and drop" because if you click where you want it to go , it literally goes past where you want it to go. Thats the only thing ive found.

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