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2journey

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I used to be able to playback digital videos downloaded from Youtube and those that I have made myself with Windows Media Player. Now, many of those videos won't playback on Media Player and I get get a message informing me of some sort of code problem.
 

texasbullet

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You may want to convert the videos by using any free video converters in the internet and convert them into mpeg-2 or whatever format you like.
 

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As noted above, ensure the files will playback using a standalone media player such as VLC or MPC.

If they are playable in another player, then open one of the files using MediaInfo and post a screenshot so that we can see what codecs are needed.

>> https://mediaarea.net/en/MediaInfo
 

2journey

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My videos used to playback in VLC and MPC, however not any more. I have tried converting and all I get is an error coding message.
 

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If the videos don't playback in any player, the files are likely corrupted. VLC, MPC and WMP (Windows Media Player) do not use the same codec installations, so that rules out a media player/codec issue.

Also, since the files won't convert and you get an error, would also seem to indicate the files are corrupt.

Again, MediaInfo should provide file information.
 

2journey

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Is there a way to fix the corrupted files? At one time, the files were playable.
 

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Depends on what is actually wrong with them, but likely not. VLC can typically play corrupt or partial files. As the files won't open with VLC, they are likely toast.
 

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Once digital files are corrupted, it's gone. It's important to keep at least 2 copies of digital files. I found an external drive containing all of my corrupted files before they were corrupted. OMG!!! I also totally forgot about my collection of flash drives. Invest in more than 1 large space external storage drive because those drives can get corrupted...personal experience.
 
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