Can't get WMV plug-ins working (Flip4Mac) in Firefox

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  1. ruylopez macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    Hello. I can't seem to solve this problem myself so I thought I'd bring it here. I'm trying to enable viewing of Windows Media Player content in Firefox. As I understand it this should be doable with a plugin called Flip4Mac and Quicktime. According to Firefox, I have properly installed and running Flip4Mac WM Plugin 2.3.2, and also QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.6. But it just doesn't work.

    For example when I am reading this page:

    Although all the indicated plug ins are installed, and QT does indeed test properly, when I load the test page the plug-in does not load. I have no idea what the problem is. Does anybody else?

    (I have rebooted and reloaded everything since it's been installed, to no avail)
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Your issue is not Flip4Mac. As you know, Flip4Mac is a QuickTime codec. If your QuickTime plug-in is working properly, then so too will Flip4Mac. You say that QuickTime tests properly. What does that mean? The only test is to play a video. Can you play any video in Firefox? What about your other browsers?
  3. ruylopez thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 16, 2010
    I mean that when I go to pages explicitly designed to test the functionality of the quicktime plug in, they work fine. I haven't encountered a video that I know for a fact requires quick time.. I can play flash videos fine. I can see the little quick time logo arrive on sites that are designed to test the QT plug-in so it seems like it's there and working fine.

    But I can't see WMVs, even with Flip4Mac installed. My experiences are the same in every way I've described in Safari as well.

    For example, I can see all of these:

    But I can't play any of these:

    Even though the most current version of Flip4Mac seems to be installed just fine.. Firefox says it's there.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    You can't play your grandfather's portrait either--and for the same reason. It is not a video. Your "unplayable videos" are JPEG images cropped from larger screen shots from a Windows computer. Still images may move in Harry Potter movies, but not elsewhere.
  5. dickguertin macrumors newbie


    Sep 4, 2010
    Mountain View, CA
    Flip4Mac doesn't work in Firefox, but does in Safari

    I agree with the originally reported problem, but it seems to be limited to Mozilla browsers. I have the latest plugins (Flip4Mac Windows Media Plugin 2.3.4 and (QuickTime Plug-in 7.6.4). I can use File -> Open to open a .wmv file on my computer, and Firefox wants me to download it and run it with an app. Safari opens the file in a window and plays it as a video (movie).

    Using Firefox, I visited a web site designed to test the Flip4Mac plugin:

    and it reports: Error - the plugin has not loaded.

    Since this is a mozdev web site, it only tests for Mozilla browsers, not Safari. The install notes with Flip4Mac say it works with Safari (which it does) AND OTHER BROWSERS (which it doesn't). The Tools -> Add-ons shows both the Quicktime and Flip4Mac plugins enabled (disable button available to disable each one). Can anyone explain what's wrong?

    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: I have a Tiger (10.4.11) system on an Intel-based Mac Mini, and Leopard (10.5.8) on an Intel-based MacBook Pro. Each has the same version of Firefox (3.5.2), but different versions of Safari because of the different operating systems. I obtained a file called "Morse.or.SMS.wmv" by downloading from the web. I stored that file in my "Sites" folder, accessible by my Apache Web Server.

    I got the following results:

    Safari: 1) Could NOT "Open" the file at all. It was "greyed out" in the Open dialog.
    2) But I could open it using:
    3) And I could access and view it from the original web site (outside of my computer).

    Firefox: 1) I could "Open" the file in Sites, and view it.
    2) I could also access it using:
    3) But I could NOT view it from the original site. Firefox asks to Download it instead of playing it directly.

    These results were consistent across BOTH systems.
    Safari would NOT allow "Open", and Firefox would NOT allow viewing from off-site web addresses.


    I've also noticed several oddities when playing, or initiating play. Sometimes I get TWO screen images, overlapped. The first has the initial image from the movie. The second (overlay) is then the operational screen. Also, sometimes playback begins immediately, and other times it is "paused" and I must initiate playback. And sometimes the sound plays but the screen image is BLACK. In that case, going BACK and using the URL again seems to solve that problem. There is a "settings" tab in the lower-right corner of the screen on Firefox which allows me to change the plugin settings. But if I switch it to launch Quicktime to playback, I have to use System Settings -> Flip4Mac to switch it back. Lastly, Firefox will play wmv files from outside sites providing the referencing URL isn't the "https" type. Apparently, wmv's from a secure site must be downloaded. That's not true in Safari, which will play them (but won't OPEN them as a file on your computer).

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