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Quicktime MP4 play is jumpy

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by Deaneg, Dec 14, 2011.

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  1. Deaneg

    Deaneg Thread Starter

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    Last year I bought this very nice Olympia digital camera. It also takes videos which I just tried for the first time recently. It saves the files in MP4 format. When I try to play them on my computer it opens Apple Quicktime. Apparently Windows Media Player does not support MP4, which I thought was a "public" format. Does Apple own it?
    Anyway, the video plays smoothly on the camera but the video (not the sound) is jumpy, skipping short sections about once or twice a second. I have a modern video card with 512 MB memory (NVIDIA GeForce 5200). Is there a better player than Quicktime for MP4 files available ? Any recomomedations?
     
  2. Phantom010

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    Windows Media Player plays MP4's just fine.

    Right-click one of your MP4 videos.

    Select Open With > Choose Program... > Select the Windows Media Player from the list.

    Put a check mark on the "Always use the selected program to open this kind of file" box.
     
  3. Deaneg

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    OK, Thanks! I'll give it a try tonight. I am a bit skeptical because MP4 is not in the list of file extensions listed for my WMP (in the open file box) but I will try it again using your method.
     
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    If the Windows Media Player is not in the list, inside the Choose Program... window, click Browse... and go to: C:\Program Files\Windows Media Player and select wmplayer.exe.
     
  6. Deaneg

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    OK finally got back to this problem. There is no mention of MP4 in my WMP 9 so I Googled the problem and it was suggested to load the Microsoft Codec pack. I did and it still says this file type is not supported. I hate Microsoft. Why don't they just include it with the player? What a pain.
     
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