Go Back  DVD Talk Forum > General Discussions > Tech Talk
Reload this Page >

What's a good freeware program for viewing media files (.avi, .mpg, etc?)

Tech Talk Discuss PC Hardware, Software, Internet and Other Technology

What's a good freeware program for viewing media files (.avi, .mpg, etc?)

Old 12-04-03, 01:24 AM
  #1  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 14,812
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
What's a good freeware program for viewing media files (.avi, .mpg, etc?)

Windows Media Player has begun to annoy me...sometimes I just can't seem to download the proper codecs, and thus I get either no video or no audio (or both ).
Old 12-04-03, 02:26 AM
  #2  
DVD Talk Limited Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: Under a dead Ohio sky
Posts: 5,820
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Bsplayer or Zoomplayer. However if you dont have the proper codecs they wont do you much good either. GSpot Will tell you what codecs you need to play a particular file and if you have them installed on your computer.

Last edited by Thrush; 12-04-03 at 02:29 AM.
Old 12-04-03, 11:22 AM
  #3  
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: USA
Posts: 546
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I use VideoLAN.
Old 12-04-03, 12:00 PM
  #4  
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2002
Location: New York
Posts: 225
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
divx works wonders for me.
Old 12-04-03, 03:09 PM
  #5  
DVD Talk Hero
 
Numanoid's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2000
Location: Down in 'The Park'
Posts: 27,882
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
VLC (Videolan) will play EVERYTHING. Don't mess with all those other players and codecs. The interface is a little primitive though.
Old 12-04-03, 03:14 PM
  #6  
Suspended
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: 5 Point West Side
Posts: 2,171
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
BSPlayer's a good choice, you do need the proper codecs to play some of the weird formats though. Check out Nimo Codec Pack for the all-in-one package.

DivX Player is divx and only plays divx movies encoded w/ the divx encoder.
Old 12-04-03, 05:41 PM
  #7  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 14,812
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by FuzzyBallz

DivX Player is divx and only plays divx movies encoded w/ the divx encoder.
Yeah, that's why I haven't been using my version of DivX player.

VideoLAN sounds good - but does it also play .wmv, .asf, etc. files?
Old 12-04-03, 11:34 PM
  #8  
JM
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Posts: 1,156
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Yes, VideoLAN plays most .wmv (not WMV 9 yet though), .asf, and pretty much anything you can think of. It is the best video player I've found, and the only freeware player I know of that supports playback of streaming MPEG over HTTP. It is also available for pretty much every OS--Windows, Mac, Linux, etc. The *only* negative about it IMO is that it doesn't have a flashy/pretty GUI. It gets the job done though and is getting better. Recently, skin support was added, though so far no good ones have appeared.
Old 12-05-03, 01:51 PM
  #9  
DVD Talk Legend
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Feb 2001
Posts: 14,812
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by JM
The *only* negative about it IMO is that it doesn't have a flashy/pretty GUI.
That's OK, I don't care about that. Simple and unbloated works for me! Thanks for the advice, I'll have to download this when I get home.
Old 12-06-03, 03:14 AM
  #10  
Uber Member
 
Join Date: Mar 1999
Location: Overlooking Pearl Harbor
Posts: 16,232
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Roan
I use VideoLAN.
Thanks. I think this solved my problem too.
Old 12-06-03, 03:35 AM
  #11  
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Posts: 182
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
get ffdshow and an xvid codec that is all you need, but video lan is a great player, I have also hear great things about zommplayer
Old 12-06-03, 06:17 AM
  #12  
DVD Talk Ultimate Edition
 
Join Date: Jun 2000
Posts: 4,030
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Linux users can use Mplayer. Plays nearly everything.
Old 12-07-03, 12:04 AM
  #13  
DVD Talk Special Edition
 
Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: U.S.A.
Posts: 1,439
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Originally posted by Roan
I use VideoLAN.
Ahhh! This is moy cool, I've been looking (lurking?) for something like this!

-Gunshy

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

Copyright 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.