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Using Windows Media player to view .3gp files

    Question

  • I really need help opening up a .3gp file that was sent from a cell phone.  It said that I had to choose a file to open it with, and I chose Windows media player, but I keep getting this message.......Windows Media Player cannot play the file. The Player might not support the file type or might not support the codec that was used to compress the file.

    Can someone please tell me how I can correct this problem.  I must see this video right away.

    Thanks!

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 10:57 PM

Answers

  • Looking for a way to play 3GP or 3G2 files on your computer? If so,
    there are a couple of ways you can do this. First of all, 3GP files are
    usually movies that are taken from a mobile phone.

    If you want to play these on your computer, you can either install a
    codec or download third-party software to play these files. In this
    article, I will try to mention all the different ways to play 3GP and
    3G2 files.

    Method 1 – Install Video Codec

    Firstly, if you want to play 3GP files in Windows Media Player, you have to install one of the two following programs:

    • Haali media splitter
    • FFFDShow MPEG_4 Video Decoder

    However, during the installation, you also have to select a specific configuration in order for it to work properly.

    For FFDShow, you need to make sure that AMR is enabled on the Audio
    Decoder screen and H263(+) is enabled on the Video Decoder screen.

    For the Haali Media Splitter program, just make sure that the Enable MP4 support box is checked.

    Method 2 – Convert File

    The second way you can play these videos is to simply convert them.
    This might be a better way so that you can play these videos on anyone’s
    computer or stream them to devices like the XBox, etc.

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:08 PM

All replies

  • Check this site.

    http://www.afterdawn.com/guides/archive/how_to_play_3gp_files.cfm

    Wednesday, September 19, 2012 11:23 PM
  • Bahamaqueen, by default Windows Media Player does not have the video codex that support .3gp format. You will need to look, download and install proper video codex to view 3gp format and other video format that is not supported by Windows Media Player. I suggest you download and install Quicktime player to view this file format.
    Saturday, September 22, 2012 4:34 AM
  • Looking for a way to play 3GP or 3G2 files on your computer? If so,
    there are a couple of ways you can do this. First of all, 3GP files are
    usually movies that are taken from a mobile phone.

    If you want to play these on your computer, you can either install a
    codec or download third-party software to play these files. In this
    article, I will try to mention all the different ways to play 3GP and
    3G2 files.

    Method 1 – Install Video Codec

    Firstly, if you want to play 3GP files in Windows Media Player, you have to install one of the two following programs:

    • Haali media splitter
    • FFFDShow MPEG_4 Video Decoder

    However, during the installation, you also have to select a specific configuration in order for it to work properly.

    For FFDShow, you need to make sure that AMR is enabled on the Audio
    Decoder screen and H263(+) is enabled on the Video Decoder screen.

    For the Haali Media Splitter program, just make sure that the Enable MP4 support box is checked.

    Method 2 – Convert File

    The second way you can play these videos is to simply convert them.
    This might be a better way so that you can play these videos on anyone’s
    computer or stream them to devices like the XBox, etc.

    Wednesday, December 19, 2012 6:08 PM
  • After reading your reply,

    Is it possible to open these 3gp files with vlc media player as I am going to install it so I can open mov files from an apple device. I'd like to not have to install all of these different programs on my computer...

    Monday, February 17, 2014 10:29 PM