Most avi files that you already have installed the codec for can be played by downloading the parts you have - up to the "break" or first missing segment, then saving the joined parts as " movie'-broken.avi" ( I use the broken to remind me not to repost the clip ). The clip should then play up to the point where the first missing section is. At this point the clip will either just stop, or your player might just lock up, forcing you to have to manully shut it down. Note that you must have the first part to even give this a try.....MPG
AVI Preview: a program which is capable of playing partially downloaded AVI movies. To make it unique, it is capable of playing files which are in the stage of downloading.
Older advice: You can run Peck's Power Join, select the broken avi-file, and "join" it to another filename. Now you can preview it with the build-in viewer or with WMP. Again, it will play only to the first broken section.
WMP 6.x will NOT play an incomplete avi clip. To view incompletes in Win 95 and 98 (not 2000 or Xp!) you would save what you have to your hard disk then find it with Windows Explorer. Right click on the file and choose Properties. A window with three tabs pops up. Choose the Preview tab and if you have the appropriate codec installed on your PC, the clip will play up to the *first* missing segment.
1. Start the download and wait a minute or two.
2. In Windows Explorer, copy the file "TEMP.TMP" from your download directory/folder to another directory/folder (TEMP).
3. Rename the file to have an ".avi" or ".mpg" extension, as appropriate.
4. View the file with your favorite viewer.
5. Purge the partial renamed file.
6. Abort the download if you don't like what you saw.
7. Repeat copy if you want to see more.
This only works if you have Agent (FreeAgent) set up to decode while receiving (this is the default) and it will probably work with asf files due to their design for streaming purposes.
Before you take another step, ask yourself - did a par set come with this posting? If so, you'd be considered slow if you didn't check out the information on Par before going any further. Then check out the "How to Rar" page.
Wmv see Avi
(thanks British Bulldog) You'll need the old dos file PKZIP, and with it the PKZIPFIX file.1. Download all the parts of the zip file that you can get and allow your newsreader to join them as a single file "Shortfall.zip"If its an avi file inside, its almost guaranteed that it wont play. An avi file must be complete for it to play as a rule. Repairing a zip file may end up corrupting the passworded portion. In that case, aren't you glad you just practiced the above dos routine? Cause all you're gonna have to show for the work is the practice, you're not gonna see anything.
2. From a DOS command prompt type: pkzipfix Shortfall.zip
That'll then create another zip file called pkfixed.zip.
3. Attempt to open that "fixed" zip file with your extraction tool (Winzip, Winrar, etc) and the password if required. If it opens, you will be able to extract whatever is in that file.
A codec is a method of COmpression and DECompression for audio and video files.
The player included with the Windows operating system, with the constant upgrades it seems to require, will handle most of the file types posted in A.B.M.E. with these exceptions:
1. Rm - Real Media file types are best played with their own "free" player ( hunt for the free one on their hard sell "buy it" page).
2. Viv - Video Active files. While I can't understand why viv files keep popping up ( they were bought out by Real years ago, we recommend you open them with Real Player, then allow RP to download the add on for viv.
Other codecs - maybe yes, maybe no - depends on if M$ likes you this week. See below.
There are several players if you find you just must have something other that a Microsoft product. Of the many out there I would suggest the first you try is the divx playa - most discussed of the non M$ players, and a faqs favorite for its price of free.
Media Player -
For those who have not updated their player after May 21st, here's an important note from M$:
"Windows MediaPlayer Security Fixes
Microsoft has released security fixes for its audio and video player. The problem could allow hackers to run any code they want on your machine. The security advisory has details for the technically inclined. Media Player 6.4 users should install a patch which has been posted on its security website. Users of Media Player 7 should install the latest Windows Media Player 7.1, which is available at Microsoft's media website."
Direct links to the info Bulletin: MS01-029
and to the media center download site
From Chuck99 - with some changes by TL:
As installed it will play MP42 avi's, MPG, ASF along with the old Indeo codecs and windows .MOV filest. An interesting point is that if you call up the Properties fields on an MP42 vid, the details tab displays an *unknown video codec* and it won't play in the Preview tab. Load 'em up normally and they play just fine.
When you try and play a vid with a codec not installed
on your system, WMP still tries to go to M$ and download it, and still fails
with two notable exceptions:
I-263 is now a M$ codec (M263). The new M$4x series continues the development of the H263 codec, and it's been broadened to play I263. I tried it out on some of Rockers and Wolfies old I263 clips and they play just fine.
Pay Attention! This Microsoft Update thingie does not always Work!!! The site isn't up all the time or it gets too busy and won't allow any more connections. You may have to "try again later".
The Macintosh platform can deal with most sorts of video formats (mov, avi, and mpeg) by using the movie viewer application included with quicktime 3 and 4. It can also play mp3 files as well. Macs can use RealPlayer to play ra/rm files. No versions of I263 or VCR1 and 2 known for the Mac.
All current formats - might we suggest if you don't have a favorite
already that you consider flunkboy's choice:
Xine. A media player for all types of vids. Supports DVD/VCD, Mpeg1 & 2, DivX 3.11 & DivX 4, MS Mpeg4 and via win32 codecs indeo 3.1-5.0, cinpak, Windows Media 7 & 8. Quicktime and real video are in devolpment.
The best supported codec is the MPEG-1 stream. There are several freeware MPEG-1 players: MPEG_PLAY from UCB (video only), Xanim by Mark Podlipec (I frames only, use to sync audio with video for separate m1v and wav streams). An inexpensive industrial grade MPEG-1 player is MPEGTV. MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 (real mpeg4, not that abomination from Microsoft) players, with source code, are also available.
With thanks to flunkboy, a serious update to avi on Linux:
Avifile now handles:
ryeth provides the following notes on Real Player:
"The version I have now identifies itself as "22.214.171.1241" and handles G2 just fine. It's not officially supported by Real.com, and is released as "community supported software" (available, in various flavors including Linux, Solaris, IRIX, and others). Even if they do consider it a "red-headed stepchild," it works!
Par and Sfv
For Par use ParArchive, for Sfv use Check sfv.
ryeth provided the following update:
SmartPAR (for windows) seems to run just fine under WINE (free Windows compatibility layer for Linux, http://www.winehq.org). I wouldn't even have tried it if I'd known about the native Linux "parchive" program. If you have a fast system and like a graphical interface (even though not much interfacing goes on with SmartPAR), it might be an acceptable alternative.