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    Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    I have a couple wmv format videos and some of them play in totem while the others don't... I can only hear sound but I can't see the video. How do I fix this? Any codecs I can install that might make it work. I have installed the restricted formats btw.

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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    Take a look at this tutorial and see if there is anything you are missing...

    http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=766683
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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    There are different versions of the WMV codec, and some of your videos might be DRM-infected, I don't believe there are any free (as in "speech") programs that can play such files.
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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    I tried those steps over and the ones that weren't playing still don't play. And its not drm protected. any ideas?

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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    The videos might be corrupted - have you tried opening them in WiMP (Windows Media Player)?
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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    Quote Originally Posted by kahlil88 View Post
    The videos might be corrupted - have you tried opening them in WiMP (Windows Media Player)?
    Yes I tried playing them in windows and it played fine...

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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    same with wma, normal wma's can be played but lossless wma's can't...

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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    i haven't heard of lossless wma in particular having a problem in linux but if it is then is there any tweak that can make them play

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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    Quote Originally Posted by lazertek View Post
    I tried those steps over and the ones that weren't playing still don't play. And its not drm protected. any ideas?
    WMV is ALWAYAS DRM-protected. But some can be played anyway outside Windows.

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    Re: Why don't some videos of the same format play while the others do?

    could it be converted and played... I mean if it can't play it I doubt it can convert to a playable file... or is there just no way to play these

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