wmv files on snow leopard, flip4mac not working

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  1. ccnp10 macrumors newbie

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    I'm not new to computers, but I'm pretty new to mac so please forgive any stupidity on my part. I have a new iMac and macbook pro that I'm having the same issue on.

    I have some study videos I very much need to view but they are in .wmv format. I installed flip4mac but I only have video output with no audio in QT and VLC. It seems like it might be a codec mismatch but I can't seem to find any additional wmv codecs.

    FYI- these videos are only offered in wmv format so this is my only option short of converting the files to another format which I would rather not do as there are a LOT of videos and it will take me days.

    Thanks for any suggestions on how to resolve this.
     
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    For years now, Flip4Mac has been the only .wmv codec available for MacOS X. You have the exact opposite of the usual problem. The usual problem is operable audio with no video. This may be the case if the video track uses a codec newer than WMV9. Nothing on the Mac plays WMV10 or WMV11. Also, nothing on the Mac plays any version of DRMed WMV.

    Your problem sounds like the author of your videos "got creative." Hopefully, installing Perian will enable the audio. If it does not, then the QuickTime Player, QuickTime X, or VLC should be able to identify the format of the audio track. In the QuickTime Player, press [cmd]+[i]. Report back with the format of the audio track.
     
  6. ccnp10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I had installed perian prior to posting, forgot to mention. Sorry.

    Movist gave me the same result, video with no audio.

    In QT- FORMAT:Windows Media Video 9 Standard, 800 x 600, Millions

    Nothing specific about the audio track but I know these worked on my previous machine which was an XP VM running on Unbuntu. I was hoping to avoid running a VM at all (I am SO done with windows ) but I know that's my hail mary play.

    Given that none of these things that "should" work have not should I assume I'm hosed and should install a VM?
     
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    With the software that you have installed on your system, WMV9 "just works" for the vast majority of MacOS X users--no VM required.
     
  8. ccnp10 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes, I realize that...but it's still not working on my machine. hence my post. :)
     

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