Having Trouble Playing A Video File? Find Out Why.


While most versions of Windows can play most of the popular video file formats, sometimes there are exceptions.  You might download a video from a web site and find that your PC simply refuses to load it.  

All you need to do, of course, is to find out which encoding formats were used to create the audio and the video tracks.  You can then search the internet for suitable players.  But finding out which encoders were used can sometimes be tricky.

Moo0 Video Info is a free tool that can (and almost certainly will) help you identify the various technical aspects of a video file, regardless of what format it's in (or claims to be in).  Just install the program and run it, drop a video file icon onto the program when requested, and all the info you need will instantly be displayed.  A great addition to any PC troubleshooter's toolkit.

The program is an 8 MB download from http://www.moo0.com/software/VideoInfo/ and is malware-free according to VirusTotal and Web of Trust.  It works on all versions of Windows from XP to 8.1 and is free.  Note that the installer will ask if you want to download and install a couple of other programs from the same vendor.  If you don't, simply decline the offer.




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Back in the day I used to be fond of the G-Spot Codec Information Appliance.

...But that was years ago. It's been a long time since I've found a video that wouldn't play, unless it was corrupted. LAV Filters (i.e. the Combined Community Codec Pack), the various MPlayer derivatives, and VLC cover just about everything.

Thanks for the heads up.

The other excellent tool that I use is mediainfo that can place an entry into the windows explorer context list so that I can right click on a file and get all the info on it.

Thanks looks good. How about PotPlayer's built-in Playback/System Info information tool: File Info: http://i.imgur.com/eTmDGCh.png Playback Info: http://i.imgur.com/y7tbM0n.png System Info: http://i.imgur.com/lTPGCFl.png Downside - you need to have the media player installed...