WMV DRM Content

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  1. thenbagis macrumors newbie

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    I am taking an online graduate course and just downloaded the first lecture. I tried to play it and got a message:

    "Flip4Mac WMV DRM Content"
    "Flip4Mac WMV is unable to play DRM protected content"

    Is there anything I can do? :confused:
     
  2. sharkync macrumors regular

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  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    I don't know of any app that will play protected WMVs.
     
  4. thenbagis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    sharknyc- I haven't had any luck, but the size of the file may be contributing. It's 625 mb... it's a 3 hour lecture.

    ravenvil- It appears all those require windows to work in the first place. If i had windows I wouldn't have a problem.

    I think for the first time, I'm seriously regretting get a mac... I knew I couldn't use it for gaming or hard core engineering software, but a media format? :(
     
  5. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    This is not Apple's fault - Microsoft has never made their protected formats available for the Mac - they design them to be Windows only. It's not just something that Apple can add in - WMV is a proprietary format that is 100% owned and controlled by Microsoft. If any implementation for the protected mechanisms were to occur - it would have to come out of Microsoft.
     
  6. thenbagis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I didn't blame Apple. It's just an incompatibility that I didn't realize when I spent $1200 on a computer.
     
  7. pdjudd macrumors 601

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    Sorry, it sounded like you did - unfortunately there's nothing that you can do - as a rule of thumb, you can never expect everything (especially when it involves Microsoft and DRM) to be compatible on competing systems.
     
  8. thenbagis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    At the risk of this thread being shut down, i will ask... Is there anyway to hack it? It's for purely legitimate reasons... I paid the $4500 to take the course, now I want to be able to watch the lectures. However, due to owning a mac, I cannot.

    I understand and agree with not helping those download and use "warez" software, but this is different.
     
  9. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    You'll need some kind of Windows install, be it on a friend's PC or through Boot Camp or a VM on your Mac.

    Then google mirakagi. That should help to strip the DRM from the file. I don't know of a way to do it natively in OS X though.

    In the future you should pay close attention to the system requirements for online courses. If the requirements aren't specified I would take it up with your institution. Maybe they have alternate formats for the lecture files.
     
  10. thenbagis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Darth Titan - I'm fighting that battle with the institution concurrently. The system requirements list Mac. I'm trying to understand why:

    - if they're going to us DRM, why don't they use a cross platform DRM.

    or

    - What's the point of DRM? You need to pay the tuition to receive credits, anyway.
     
  11. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Chances are the instructor created the video on Windows using the default setting for file type which is probably DRM'd WMV. I doubt it was intentional, just the default of whatever software they used.
     

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