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    I downloaded a bunch of music videos in .avi format, I think they might be high definition or something, I'm not sure. They're all newer videos that were released recently so they're all high quality. I can play them on my desktop in Ubuntu with VLC no problem but when I transfer them to the Windows XP machine in the car with Windows Media Player and Road Runner, they won't play. Or if they do, they stutter and hang real bad. But mostly won't even play, just stay on a black screen. Is there some sort of codec I need? I got the latest version of Road Runner and I got all the Windows updates from Microsoft as of a month ago.
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    Update you Codecs. I had the same thing happen with .flv files last month. Download and install these and they should work.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by GizmoQ View Post
      Update you Codecs. I had the same thing happen with .flv files last month. Download and install these and they should work.
      I just installed the Standard version and I have sound but very laggy video and it takes a good 10 seconds for it to even start playing the audio. So either the codec didn't work or the quality of the video is too much for my onboard M10000 processor.
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      • #4
        Your M10k wont handle highdef. But putting high def on a 7" screen is useless. Downscale the movies to something more reasonable and use a lighter compression codec if need be.
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        • #5
          Ya, I really don't care what the quality is, I just want to play these videos without messing with them. Are there any good Ubuntu programs for downgrading videos? I only have Windows in my car.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by Maheriano View Post
            Ya, I really don't care what the quality is, I just want to play these videos without messing with them. Are there any good Ubuntu programs for downgrading videos? I only have Windows in my car.
            I had the same issue with video and windows (epia 600MHz in those days). even tried running vlc on windows. Couldn't get video performance to be good enough. that's why I switched to Linux in the car and started developing nGhost.

            do a google search for "handbrake" they have a ubuntu package on their site. It's really good for transcoding video to different formats. If you don't want to go to a third-party site, try avidemux in the ubuntu repo. Good luck.
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            • #7
              If you set the priority of windows media player to realtime, that may help. I've noticed on slower computers that is required otherwise the sound will stutter.
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