Is there a way to play ALL windows media video files on an a Macbook?

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  1. okey macrumors newbie

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    I have been unable to locate a capable program or fix yet.

    Thanks.
     
  2. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    That's why I have parallels. But I'm sure when flip4mac is universal we'll be ok.
     
  3. realityisterror macrumors 65816

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    Since you didn't give too much information, and for the sake of others, I'll assume you haven't tried VLC. It definitely can't play all WM* files, but it'll get you through a large chunk of them.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    The MacOS X port of VLC is compatible with Windows Media 8 or older. To play Windows Media 9 on an Intel-based Mac, you need the Popwire WMV-9 Component QuickTime codec. Despite the confusion on the website, it is a free download. However, nothing on the Mac will play DRMed Windows Media content.
     
  5. netdog macrumors 603

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    Can somebody without an Intel chip tell us about their experiences with Flip4Mac?

    Does it do everything you had hoped for?
     
  6. aussiemac86 macrumors 6502

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    On my dual G5, OS 10.4.5, flip4mac pretty much plays all the files that VLC can, no more, no less in my experience.

    However it seems much more stable in safari and stuff than meadia player 9.

    Its free so give it a crack
     
  7. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Flip4Mac is not yet Universal so it sucks. The UB should be out pretty soon if their website is to be believed.

    The Popwire codec sucks because it doesn't have a browser plugin and if you want streaming WMV in your browser you have to run in Rosetta.
     
  8. BornAgainMac macrumors 603

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    It makes it better than the Windows Media Player on Windows. You can scrub video and pause it, reverse it with no problem unlike you can natively with Windows. One thing I haven't tried yet is to use the export function to convert the video to a real Quicktime file. In theory, that should work so you can convert all that stuff over to a more native and open format like mpeg-4.
     
  9. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    Flip4Mac was a godsend, it's just too bad that it's not universal yet.
     
  10. treblah macrumors 65816

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  11. andysmith macrumors 6502

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    I'm running the UB beta of Flip4Mac (obtained legitimately - I'm on the beta list :p) on my Intel iMac, and it fantastic.
    Plays every WMV I've chucked at it so far.
     

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