Windows media player not playing AVI file, just Sound RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    Whilst trying to watch a AVI file via WMP, I can hear sound but no video - I am assuming I need to install codecs...but where do I get these? and where do I install them too? I tried reinstalling windows media player but this hasn't solve the problem, the video sits in the left hand side of WMP with a red cross



    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 11:07 AM


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  • Visit one of the following link:

    For divx codec


    For cinepak website


    For ligos website:


    • Proposed as answer by Sabrina Shen Friday, April 1, 2011 5:29 AM
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Wednesday, April 6, 2011 6:26 AM
    Wednesday, March 30, 2011 2:41 PM
  • If the above links don't help, then please open the AVI file in GSpot, and report back the video codec that's used by the file.

    Tim De Baets
    Thursday, March 31, 2011 3:13 PM
  • Hi,


    You may refer to the following links:


    Codecs: frequently asked questions


    Information about the Multimedia file types that Windows Media Player supports






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    Friday, April 1, 2011 5:34 AM
  • Hello, 

    I hope you solved your problem and would let us know. If you haven't, a temporary fix that I found, was installing the latest version of VLC media player. 


    No video or sound in BS Player,

    Blank screen with sound WMP

    Green screen with sound, Chrome, Firefox,

    Everything plays fine with VLC

    The problem is not the codecs.

    Friday, June 8, 2012 8:56 AM
  • Yiannis: why are you so sure that the problem isn't a missing codec?

    Tim De Baets

    Friday, June 8, 2012 2:42 PM
  • Hello Tim,

    The case with this post might be a case of missing codecs. However, my case, which is very much like the one in this post is not. Check my previous post for symptoms and here is the reasoning.

    Does VLC have codecs incorporated in its software that are not to be found in K-Lite, DIVX and Shark007?

    If not (which is the case),


    if VLC plays video (it does) where the other apps can't,


    its not a codec thing.

    Sorry for the pseudoprogramming layout but it sometimes helps to make a point.

    Saturday, June 9, 2012 11:02 AM
  • The codecs included with VLC are internal to VLC itself and cannot be used by other programs. So it doesn't matter exactly which codecs are included or whether they are for the same formats as K-Lite/DivX/Shark007.

    In contrast, DirectShow codecs such as those included in various codec packs can be used by all DirectShow-supported programs like WMP, BSPlayer etc. (but not by VLC). This doesn't mean that I would recommend installing any codec packs. Please install separate DirectShow codecs or just FFDShow instead.

    Tim De Baets

    Monday, June 11, 2012 2:03 PM
  • You are right of course.

    Got it.

    Had all the codecs installed, BUT, windows 8 obviously deals a little differently than 7 with the overlay issue. I finally fixed both the browser and the BS Player issue by tweaking settings in both.

    Strange though that this is not immediately dealt with upon installation of Windows 8.


    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 10:13 AM