Vista OS wont' play or edit AVI (Media Player or Movie Maker) RRS feed

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  • Vista won't play or edit AVI

    The AVI runs on our BattleTech Firestorm Windows 2000 virtual reality simulators, and on my Windows XP.

    Just got Vista on a new PC; AVI won't play (message claims it is missing a codec).


    Need to edit the AVI for the barker video here in Denver a little, was hoping to use Windows Movie Maker.

    Tried to down load three other products (Media Player Classic for example) with no luck.

    Interesting that the player knows so much about the file, but can't play it.


    If Microsoft Movie Maker won't deal with AVI on Vista OS, will be happy to purchase a AVI editor for Vista OS if anyone has any good suggestions.  PC Acer Aspire AST690-UD214a


    Location: D:\BattleTech\Barker Install CD\Movies\Training.avi :: Output
    Avi Splitter::Video 0

    Media Type 0:
    Video: IV50 640x480 29.97fps 8137Kbps

    majortype: MEDIATYPE_Video {73646976-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
    subtype: Unknown GUID Name {30355649-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}
    formattype: FORMAT_VideoInfo {05589F80-C356-11CE-BF01-00AA0055595A}
    bFixedSizeSamples: 1
    bTemporalCompression: 0
    lSampleSize: 91200
    cbFormat: 88

    rcSource: (0,0)-(0,0)
    rcTarget: (0,0)-(0,0)
    dwBitRate: 8137274
    dwBitErrorRate: 0
    AvgTimePerFrame: 333667

    biSize: 40
    biWidth: 640
    biHeight: 480
    biPlanes: 1
    biBitCount: 24
    biCompression: IV50
    biSizeImage: 691200
    biXPelsPerMeter: 0
    biYPelsPerMeter: 0
    biClrUsed: 0
    biClrImportant: 0

    0000: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
    0010: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
    0020: 3a 2a 7c 00 00 00 00 00 63 17 05 00 00 00 00 00 :*|.....c.......
    0030: 28 00 00 00 80 02 00 00 e0 01 00 00 01 00 18 00 (...€...à.......
    0040: 49 56 35 30 00 8c 0a 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 IV50.Œ..........
    0050: 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00                         ........


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    Monday, August 13, 2007 2:55 AM


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  • You probably need the IV50 codec on your Vista system. It came with one of the software installed on your XP system. Can you let us know the filter graph formed on your XP system when playing this file from GraphEdit.

    Monday, August 13, 2007 8:05 PM
  • See here: http://www.updatexp.com/codec-iv50.html


    Can't guarantee that it will work with Vista but it should in theory.


    Monday, August 13, 2007 9:55 PM
  • Go to http://www.divx.com/ and download the free package .. that fixed my .avi files playing with sound but no pix... I tried several other things which did not work ... I was getting the black screen with Irfanview, Realplayer, WMP 11.. all were repaired Smile


    Tuesday, August 14, 2007 8:25 AM
  • I will try this tomorrow.

    Tonight, we have a great speaker at the Rocky Mountain SQL Server Users Group.

    Thanks for the feedback.


    Will let everyone know the results.

    Thursday, August 16, 2007 7:35 PM

    I had this same issue and searched for a codec fix forever.  None of the current codecs would play an older avi (IV50) file.  Installed this older package http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?strState=LIVE&ProductID=355&DwnldID=2846 and now all my avi (IV50) videos play and edit.
    Sunday, August 19, 2007 9:17 PM
  • Will try this as soon as I get home!  Sounds very encouraging. I tried six other sites that did not work.

    If this works, I will send an e-mail to Pappa John's - not the pizza - a web site dedicated to Microsoft Movie Maker.




    Great solution! Everyone With Microsoft Vista playing videos or using Movie Maker needs to download this!



    Movie Maker will let me edit this, but will not let me convert it back to the same codec.

    Anybody have a good AVI editing program to recommend?

    Friday, August 24, 2007 4:26 PM
  • Please help, I cant get any of these programs to work.  The only IFO converters I can get to work are iSoft, and DVDZip.  The problem is, iSoft gives me a much better quality AVI than DVDZip, but Windows Movie Maker wont regognize iSofts AVIs, and I cant clip to the second with the DVDZip AVIs.  I have downloaded several of the codecs out there, and none of them seem to be working.

    I am running Vista.

    I really need to get this reel done for our company, and its driving me crazy!  I have all the AVIs all saved, when I go to import them into WMM it gives me an error that the file cant be imported. 
    Wednesday, October 24, 2007 7:20 PM
  • that it

    Saturday, November 10, 2007 1:03 AM
  • the help file shows that the Indeo (Intel) codec installed causes this crash.

    Now: How do I "remove this Codec on Vista"?

    Problem signature:

    Problem Event Name: APPCRASH

    Application Name: DVDMaker.exe

    Application Version: 6.0.6000.16386

    Application Timestamp: 4549b5b0

    Fault Module Name: iac25_32.ax

    Fault Module Version:

    Fault Module Timestamp: 4549bcd1

    Exception Code: c0000005

    Exception Offset: 00003548

    OS Version: 6.0.6000.

    Locale ID: 1033

    Additional Information 1: 8d13

    Additional Information 2: cdca9b1d21d12b77d84f02df48e34311

    Additional Information 3: 8d13

    Additional Information 4: cdca9b1d21d12b77d84f02df48e34311

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    Monday, November 19, 2007 11:42 PM
  • The Indeo codec is being loaded because that is what the file is encoded with.  Without the codec you can't view the file at all.

    Monday, December 10, 2007 10:17 PM
  • A thousand thanks: I downloaded this in the hopes that I could get this tank (Vista) to play my anime files.  A different player will play them as well as convert them; however, in order to save the converted files to a DVD so I can watch them on tv, micro's media player needs to be able to read and convert them, so I was back to watching the micro light-show: interesting interpretation of the sound and image, yet not quite what I had in mind, to say the least.


    Thanks for being a light at the end of the dark tunnel into which Vista has led us.


    I hope this fixes it; I have been "fixing" Vista for the last six months and have fallen farther and farther behind in my normal activities on the computer as a result: it is the fear of computers now come true -- Vista wastes more time than it saves and by doing so, has made itself obsolete -- redundant at best.


    Since it refuses to run my scanner and I can't afford a replacement on the heels of replacing an entire computer, I have found that going back to graphing patterns up and down works as well as scanning them, and hand-done enlargements and reductions not only have a built-in hard copy, they don't require electricity or printer ink cartridges.

    Friday, December 28, 2007 7:25 PM
  • Worked Great with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition and Windows Media Player


    Had no problems with the installer


    Thanks Guys!


    Tuesday, March 25, 2008 1:02 AM
  • I've been having this same problem. I tried the Divx thing and it's still a no go. I can't play any of my .avi files in media player or do anything with them in movie maker. Is there another solution?
    I'm running Vista with SP1.
    It would be awesome if someone could give me a useful solution. Sad
    Saturday, May 10, 2008 5:11 AM
  • I had to add the codec from here for my new Vado AVI files to show video, not just sound..


    Maybe that will help....

    Now to find a decent program that will edit AVI files and not cost much.


    Wednesday, May 21, 2008 10:47 PM
  • woohoo... IV50 codec is included in the download from http://downloadcenter.intel.com/Detail_Desc.aspx?strState=LIVE&ProductID=355&DwnldID=2846 and it works!  if you havent tried that hope it helps you too.
    Wednesday, May 28, 2008 6:16 PM
  •  I experienced the same problem, as you mentioned, ".avi files playing with sound but no video". By adding the free package, I was able to view all my .avi videos with the sound. Thanks for the link information. http://www.divx.com/ 

    Saturday, June 14, 2008 5:43 PM
  • Hey i know this is an old thread, but i've been looking for the answer to this too, but i have a solution that works for me, http://www.free-codecs.com/FFDShow_download.htm < that is the answer, basically its a decoder that once installed lets you use avi in movie maker, i hope at least i can help a few people who have been looking for a way to use avi in movie maker, Its quick, free, and works wonderfully.
    Friday, August 15, 2008 12:45 AM
  • I downloaded the decoder at http://www.free-codecs.com/FFDShow_download.htm


    This allowed me to play my AVI files in WMP but I still only get audio when I import the AVI files to WMM. Any ideas on how to fix this?

    Sunday, August 31, 2008 1:06 PM

    Ok well, the only thing i can suggest, as im not really that tech savvy, but it depends on your videos?


    Are you trying to watch dvd rips? or other large files, If you just want to watch the AVI files on Vista, you could download VLC media player, as it will play 99.9% of all video files, (Even without the above codec i mentioned) so you should get the AVI file's picture.


    If you wish to view smaller size videos like your own home movies ect. and specifically wish to watch them in windows media player, then you could import them to Movie Maker and 'Publish' them to their highest quality setting (as this wouldnt take as long as a movie AVI file takes to convert to WMV), then they might possibly work with picture?


    Let me know how those suggestions work out,



    Sunday, August 31, 2008 2:43 PM
  • My situation is that I had home movies from an old 8mm camcorder. I got a DVD recorder, hooked my camcorder up to it, and burned them to DVDs. Then I got a new computer with Vista on it and thought I could use Windows Movie Maker to edit the video. I ripped the DVDs to AVI files but they would not play on WMP or WMM. I downloaded the before mentioned fix and it allowed me to view the files in WMP. When I go to WMM I still only get sound and no video.


    So, I have no problems with media player now just movie maker. I cannot import them to Movie Maker and 'Publish' them to their highest quality setting because movie maker will not read the video. Can I?


    Is there a free AVI to WMP program out there? Or a DVD to WMP? 




    Sunday, August 31, 2008 10:43 PM
  • I see what you mean, i misread your post. I thought you meant you could view the AVI in Movie Maker but not Media Player,

    Well i had this problem too, with my video camera's AVI recordings, so I used 'Blaze Media Pro' its a editing suite that costs around 50$ (£25) but you can trial the complete version for 15 days for free, so you could download that program, convert your video files into WMV and then use them inside Windows movie maker?


    Good Luck, Keep me posted.




    Blaze Media Pro Link - http://www.blazemp.com/downloads.html

    Sunday, August 31, 2008 11:05 PM
  • You know, I uninstalled all the *** I downloaded to try and fix this and went back to http://www.free-codecs.com/FFDShow_download.htm and it fixed the problem. I must have had something else installed that kept it from working the first time I downloaded it.


    Thanks for your suggestions.


    Monday, September 1, 2008 9:05 PM
  • No problem, I'm glad I could help.

    Monday, September 1, 2008 9:37 PM
  • I have two Windows Media Player problems. One on Vista the other on XP!

    1. XP

    I have the media player on two computers - they are both build 11.0.5721.5230

    They both have Xvid Codec. They both run AVI files. However, one runs all AVI files and the other runs some, complains about downloading the CODEC for other and consequently either does not have audio or video.

    Any ideas? How do I identify what Plugins are installed?


    2. Vista.

    I am running Vista Ultimate - I have the exact problem on the Vista as the above XP!

    The same files that do not have Audi have no audio on the Vista, and the ones missing Video on the XP, have no video on the Vista ...


    Any suggestions?



    Bahram Saghari

    I am assuming a CODEC was installed on both otherwise I would not see ANY AVI videoes, is that a correct assumption?

    How do I I am running Vista Ultimate x64 - My WMP works on most files but

    Sunday, September 21, 2008 6:17 AM
  • I had a similar problem with my laptop with vista OS.. but I downloaded a DIVX codec and it plays AVI files well.. but I have a XBOX 360 and I like to watch movies or tv series that I have on my laptop via windows media centar but my xbox won't play avi files only wmv. So I use windows movie maker to change the video to wmv.. I did it about 3 times and it worked very well.. but when I tried to do it today the video i got was wrong.. half of the video screen was green and the other half was the video... how can I fix this..?


    Friday, September 26, 2008 3:04 PM
  • I am sorry but i do not know what to suggest, i have an xbox 360, and i just have the laptop connected to my xbox 360 wirelessly but i just watch my laptop videos in 'videos' on the 360, i watch AVI files without problem, maybe you haven't downloaded an AVI codec on the xbox? Or how about streaming your media to the console, and watching the videos in 'Videos' on the xbox 360 instead of using media center? sorry i can't suggest anything else Sad



     - Geekus -

    Friday, September 26, 2008 7:55 PM
  • In fact, Indeo is included in all Windows Vista versions. Open cmd as an administrator and run:

    regsvr32  ir50_32.dll

    It seems that Windows Vista installation process failed to register it.

    I wrote a command that registers it, and if the command filename has the word "...setup..." as part of it, the registration fails without giving any error. The the string "setup" is not part of the filename, it works ok. In all cases it must be "Run as administrator".

    Perhaps Windows Installer is indeed registering this codec without getting any error code, but the installer process is named setup so it does not register it.



    • Proposed as answer by irishpadres Saturday, December 27, 2008 8:06 PM
    Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:35 PM
  •  Rick Lev wrote:

     I experienced the same problem, as you mentioned, ".avi files playing with sound but no video". By adding the free package, I was able to view all my .avi videos with the sound. Thanks for the link information. http://www.divx.com/ 


    I did the same, downloaded the divX.com Free version and all if working fine. I'm running Vista 32 on this notebook. My editor/joiner/splitter all work fine and give me both audio and video.



    Thursday, November 13, 2008 11:12 PM
  • Hi. I tried the www.divx.com as I am experiencing the same issue with an avi file that has no picture, but sound. I downloaded the free package but am unsure what to do next. I have Windows Vista Home Premium with SP1 and Int. Ex.7. Do I have to re-download the file? It is a rar file and I was able to download it originally with Winrar (which took over an hour to do), but when it played on my media player there was only sound. Do I have to uninstall the Winrar in order for divx to work or what? This is so frustrating. Isn't there a player that plays the files as is, so I won't have to go through this headache? Like a VLC or whatever it is? Please help.
    Monday, March 30, 2009 10:43 AM
  • Try this: GOM Player
    Hope it helps.
    Monday, March 30, 2009 11:51 AM
  • mld2,

    Now I have Int. Exp.8. The RAR file I have opens up to an avi video and I just tried the VLC Player but it doesn't recognize the avi file. When the RAR file is part of a set of files is it imperative that you download all the files in order to watch that one file? I just want to know if this GOM Player has that capability to play RAR files after opened and play one file from a set of files?

    The download just finished for 7-Zip and I've now downloaded the file (which again took over an hour to do),and my VLC says this: The format of 'C:\Users\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Windows\Temporary Internet Files\Low\Content.IE5\IXAO0SXA\Pink%20velvet%203%20part%207[1].rar' cannot be detected. Have a look the log for details. At least the WinRar opened the file and Windows Media Player immediately played it, it just didn't have the picture, the sound quality was great.

    I'm beyond annoyed. Can anyone help? It seems everything I try fails.

    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 6:06 AM
  • Hi Technicallyunsavvy,

    First unpack the file using WinRar and place it on your desktop. Then start GOM Player and open the new file. It should simply work.
    Hope it helps.
    Tuesday, April 14, 2009 8:08 AM
  • I tried this link and downloaded the program and now all my videos play and not just sound many thanks for this. :) 
    Friday, August 28, 2009 12:29 PM