Windows Media Player woes

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in Mac Software edited January 2014
Heya- is there a way NOT to install windows media and still be able to watch wmv's in safari/browsers? I have VLC, though this is an external player...?



Really don't want to be installing so many freaking media players - wish there was simply only itunes and quicktime.



Cheers.

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  • Reply 1 of 15
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by quamb

    Heya- is there a way NOT to install windows media and still be able to watch wmv's in safari/browsers? I have VLC, though this is an external player...?



    Really don't want to be installing so many freaking media players - wish there was simply only itunes and quicktime.



    Cheers.




    VLC on the Mac does not play files that require Windows Media Player 9. The Flip4Mac QuickTime codec will do the trick if you pay the fee. Otherwise, it plays only the first 30 seconds of the file. As for files that require Windows Media Player 10, the only way to play these on the Mac is to use Windows XP on VPC.
  • Reply 2 of 15
    Why does Windows Media Player suck so bad? For some reason many of my friends send me Windows Media Player movies. Most of the time I can easily view them with the Windows Media Player for the Mac. Lately I can't open any movies using WMP. I can't open older movies I have viewed before either.



    I was guessing that it was time to upgrade from WMP 8 to 9 and so I downloaded WMP 9 installer from Microsoft. When I launched the installer it said it was preparing to install 510 items. Isn't that a lot of support files for just a media player? I decided I could live without seeing another stupid emailed movie.



    It seems to me that when ever I encounter a movie on the internet that is WMV, it plays choppy. Movies that are MPEG play so much better. Is that because I'm using a Mac? Do WMV movies play choppy on Windows too?
  • Reply 3 of 15
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Dr VanNostran

    Why does Windows Media Player suck so bad? For some reason many of my friends send me Windows Media Player movies. Most of the time I can easily view them with the Windows Media Player for the Mac. Lately I can't open any movies using WMP. I can't open older movies I have viewed before either.



    I was guessing that it was time to upgrade from WMP 8 to 9 and so I downloaded WMP 9 installer from Microsoft. When I launched the installer it said it was preparing to install 510 items. Isn't that a lot of support files for just a media player? I decided I could live without seeing another stupid emailed movie.



    It seems to me that when ever I encounter a movie on the internet that is WMV, it plays choppy. Movies that are MPEG play so much better. Is that because I'm using a Mac? Do WMV movies play choppy on Windows too?




    WMP 8 was never released on the Mac. The last version of WMP for MacOS 9 and the first version for MacOS X was WMP 7. Microsoft skipped WMP 8 and went directly to WMP 9 for its Mac player. FWIW, WMP 7 was written in Java.
  • Reply 4 of 15
    I also do not like Windows Media Player so I got the QuickTime plugin from Flip4Mac and I am happy with it. For $9.99 you get the ability to play WMV files and for $49.00 you can export the movies as QuickTime movies (MOV) which is what I do with any WMV file I want to keep.



    I am still looking for a Real plugin for QuickTime so I do not have to install the Real player on my iBook.
  • Reply 5 of 15
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Mr. Me

    FWIW, WMP 7 was written in Java. [/B]



    Ewwww.



    How's Flip4Mac working for you?
  • Reply 6 of 15
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Gene Clean

    Ewwww.



    How's Flip4Mac working for you?




    I don't use it. I see absolutely no reason to pay for the privilege of playing WMV files when Microsoft provides a free player--crappy or not--to do the same thing.
  • Reply 7 of 15
    I was actually asking troberts, but thanks anyway.
  • Reply 8 of 15
    I personally haven't had any problems with Flip4Mac. It's really nice how it just automatically integrates with QT with no effort. Once it's installed everything works perfectly, although I did have some problems with the safari plug-in at first.
  • Reply 9 of 15
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Mr. Me

    FWIW, WMP 7 was written in Java.



    I strongly doubt that.
  • Reply 10 of 15
    mr. memr. me Posts: 3,219member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by Chucker

    I strongly doubt that.



    But it is an indisputable fact. All you have to do is to examine a MacOS 9 installation of WMP 7 to see for yourself.
  • Reply 11 of 15
    .rm and .wmv go straight to the trash on this computer.



    Apple is gonna win the media war. They've won pretty much won the music battle, they're going to win the video battle and soon most videos will be video iPod-compatible (and thus playable in QuickTime.)



    Those that know what's best for them will offer their web video content in H.264. Those that don't will wither and die.
  • Reply 12 of 15
    Quote:

    Originally posted by kim kap sol

    .rm and .wmv go straight to the trash on this computer.



    Apple is gonna win the media war. They've won pretty much won the music battle, they're going to win the video battle and soon most videos will be video iPod-compatible (and thus playable in QuickTime.)



    Those that know what's best for them will offer their web video content in H.264. Those that don't will wither and die.




    Well, then Apple better come out with a better windows version of QT. Before I switched to my PB I despised QT. BTW, I haven't used QT on windows since a couple releases ago, so they may have gotten better since. Also, my brand new PB (1.67 G4) has a little difficulty playing H.264, it's so processor intensive. In the future this will probably be the standard, but as of right now, for the average user, I don't think it will take off yet.



    Is QT the only app that can play H.264?
  • Reply 13 of 15
    chuckerchucker Posts: 5,089member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by brclark82

    Is QT the only app that can play H.264?



    VLC can, and its implementation (x264), while not nearly as high-quality, is much faster.
  • Reply 14 of 15
    quambquamb Posts: 143member
    thanks for the replies guys.



    guess am going to continue living without wmvs in browser windows - which is okay. better then installing wmplayer.
  • Reply 15 of 15
    Quote:

    Originally posted by quamb

    better then installing wmplayer.



    Yeah, right.
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