Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2012 9:00 PM (in response to jwillis84)
Sorry I didn't include this above.
I can no longer edit the original post so tacking this one on with additional information.
In MPlayer for OS X there is a Preference setting called "Miscellaneous" Advanced settings:
I put in:
So that the audio in the video playback would be routed to both sides of my headphones.
Its not something you have to do, but I found it annoying to have sound coming out only through the Left or Right and not both sides.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2012 12:03 AM (in response to jwillis84)
There was a question about this topic and suggested that Microsoft Photo Story would publish files with yet another variant of the wmv file using a different codec that specializes in "image" presentarion.
I downloaded and tested MS Photo Story version 3 and the above information is valid for that file format as well.
The file will be un-playable in Quicktime, but is playable in MPlayer for OSX. The same third party tool Movavi also recognized the file and could convert it to an mov using the animation codec.
The presentation quality is good, but the sliding motion is ever so slightly less smooth.
I would imagine this is due to the Microsoft codec interpolating the motion as its decoded where as the Apple codec must render the motion in its animation codec. There are differences. But it is barely noticable.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2012 12:17 AM (in response to jwillis84)
This might save someone time.
Microsoft makes a version of Windows Media Player for Mac OS X.
It looks rather nice, however its help documentation includes a special note in supported Audio and Video codecs:
Note that the Windows Media Player for Mac OS X does not support the - Windows Media Video 9 Screen codec.
They also do not appear to encourage the use of the software and have moved on to providing - Windows Media Components for Quicktime
Currently Being ModeratedApr 22, 2012 2:55 PM (in response to jwillis84)
MPlayer for OS X Version 1.0 rc2 link http://mplayerosx.sourceforge.net/
cool, just discovering you can post images in Community forums.
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 3:23 PM (in response to jwillis84)
Another data point.
OS X 10.7.3 (Lion x64) will not play windows media video files through MPlayer 1.0 rc2
It produces a message that PPC binaries are no longer supported. It is a Universal binary, the GUI starts but when the video is loaded it produced the error message.
OS X 10.7.3 (Lion x64) will play windows media video files through MPlayerX available through the Apple App Store. Two additional steps (1) make sure using the 32bit version even if on an x64 OS X and make sure the codecs are available.
As a test tried this and it works fine, sound and video played normally:
# cd /Application/MPlayerX.app/Contents/Resources/bianries/m32
# ./mplayer -vo corevideo /users/myaccount/Desktop/PhotoStory1.wmv -framedrop
Currently Being ModeratedApr 23, 2012 8:39 PM (in response to jwillis84)
MPlayerX 1.0.13 (1470)
obtainable through the Apple AppStore is sufficient for both
OS X 10.6.8 Snow Leopard (x32)
OS X 10.7.3 Lion (x64)
to play these older windows video media codecs.
- Install MPlayerX from the AppStore.
- Follow the directions at the authors website for using additional 32 bit codecs [ Use external codecs ], tip you must create the codecs directory under the m32 directory. And put something like the windows-essentials-20071007 codecs in it. (do read any dmo licensing documentation and behave appropriately)
- [open][MPlayerX][Preferences][Advanced] insert [Extra options] [ -vo corevideo -af channels=2:2:0:1:0:0 ]
It was an interesting puzzle.
I think it would be really nice if Flip4Mac were to provide a browser plugin wrapper, or make it an additional handler option. There would be real value in that.
Using it as a standalone mime-type wrapper the video files must be downloaded first, then play in a separate window and the downloads directory has to be manually cleaned out from time to time.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 8, 2012 8:29 AM (in response to jwillis84)
MPLAYERX can play it. Download from here: http://mplayerx.org/download.html
The one from the Appstore is not supported anymore. You can also dual boot windows and convert with this tool http://www.microsoft.com/expression/products/Encoder4_Overview.aspx