OK, I am aware that there are several ways of opening WMV and ASF (Windows Media) files on the Mac. For years I used the WMP for Mac (version 9 at the latest), but I have been using the Flip4Mac components to open WMV files using QuickTime lately. The Windows Media player was very slow, it was not intel-native (universal), and whenver you wanted to shuttle (skip ahead or behind) to a different point in the movie, there would be a long pause. I have also used the VLC player as well as NicePlayer, but I find that it's a very uncomfotable experience as well, when you click ahead it pixellates for several seconds while it re-draws the video, this is a bug that may take awhile to work out. My machine might have to do with it, I'm only currently using an iMac 2.0GHz, but I have 4GB of RAM on it. Maybe the CPU is an issue. OK, now to my point. Whenever I open a WMV file using Flip4Mac, there is a delay, the duration depends on the length of the video or video clip...a progress bar appears, and sometimes it may take up to 10 seconds to open the clip. This is quite annoying when opening a series of video clips or project files (WMV) at once. Is there anyway around this (progress bar delay), or is this normal? This does not happen in VLC or NicePlayer, but they don't use the Flip4Mac components. There are benefits to using QuickTime, it doesn't pixellate or have redraw problems like the other 2, and the video quality seems to be better. I have Perian installed and use it to open avi files in QuickTime...this seems to work perfectly, the movies instantly open and there is no delay to process them before opening...it's just like opening any Apple .mov file. Are there other (better) methods for opening and viewing WMV on the Mac, or have I pretty much covered them all? What is your best solution for doing this? And...is the progress bar a part of Flip4Mac that we just have to deal with? Thanks.