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Playing Video Files in WYSIWYG

Discussion in 'Technical Support' started by Dany, Jul 10, 2014.

  1. Dany

    Dany Super Moderator

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    As mentioned in the WYSIWYG Reference Guide, WYSIWYG is able to play back video files with .mpg and .avi extensions. However, in the world of video files extensions mean little, because it is the CODEC that the video in the file was encoded with that determines whether it will actually play back or not. This is a very important concept to understand, as most video files can have their extension changed and they will still play back, so long as the CODEC that was used to encode the video in that file is present. For example, a video file encoded with the Xvid CODEC can be called Xvid_video.avi, Xvid_video.mpg, Xvid_video.mov, Xvid_video.wmv, and so on, but regardless of the extension, the file will ONLY play back if the Xvid CODEC is installed on the computer.

    As a general rule, if WinAmp (available from http://www.winamp.com/) and/or Windows Media Player (typically installed together with Windows) can play the video file, WYSIWYG will be able to do so too. It is important to note that a video player such as VLC will ALWYAS be able to play almost any video file, regardless of extension or CODEC, because such players have CODECs built-in and therefore do not depend on CODECs being installed on the computer to play back the file; therefore, just because a file plays in VLC does not necessarily mean that it will play in WYSIWYG.

    To find out what CODEC a video was encoded with, you may use GSpot (available from http://www.free-codecs.com/download/gspot.htm) or any other such utility. To find out if the necessary CODEC is installed on your computer, you may use InstalledCodec (available from http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/installed_codec.html) or another similar utility. To find, download and install CODECs that are missing from your system, I recommend a simple Google search. Finally, CODEC packs such as FFDShow can be helpful because they install many common CODECs at once, but they can also cause problems, especially when/if CODECs that are part of the pack are already installed; as such, I recommend familiarizing yourself with the contents of the pack, reading reviews, etc., before actually downloading and installing one.

    Note: on a couple of very rare occasions, even though everything seemed to be fine--all the necessary CODECs were installed and WinAmp & WMP played the video correctly--WYSIWYG was still unable to play the video. Such problems were caused by the video files themselves, and required special handling within WYSIWYG. These special handles were added to WYSIWYG in order to prevent the same issues in the future, but this could only be done in the next version of the software. The interim solution was to simply transcode the video to a different CODEC. This can be done quite easily (though the transcoding can take some time, depending on processing power and the CODECs used) using software such as DVD VideoSoft's Free AVI Video Converter (which is free and available from http://www.dvdvideosoft.com/products/dvd/Free-AVI-Video-Converter.htm#.VD2UAU10w-U).


    Thanks,

    Dany
     
    #1 Dany, Jul 10, 2014
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  2. jacklampy

    jacklampy New Member

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    So can you just tell us what the best codec for avi files is to play in WYSIWYG. Don't really see that stated here.
     
  3. Dany

    Dany Super Moderator

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    WYSIWYG does not prefer one CODEC over another, so you can use any CODEC you like.
     

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