can't play full length videos of hd

September 5, 2008 at 21:57:06
Specs: XP Pro, Phenom x3 2.1g
I'm having a problem playing full-length mpeg2 videos (off hard-drive) using software players, whereas short-length mpg's will play!

I have tried a variety of players including WMP 9,10 & 11, AlShow, Ace MP, WinDVD8 and WMC. These players all play perfectly short length videos such as movie trailers (mpg), but anything of appreciable length (1 1/2 - 2 hrs) will NOT play, I just get digital garbage on screen (vertical bars to snow to random colour pixels, lossly associated with the pictures).

I have tried all the popular codecs including K-Lite, NVidea, Essential, Canopus.

The weird thing though, is that there is ONE player that WILL play all the full length videos and that is VLC - it's perfect.

However, I don't wish to use VLC, I prefer Alshow for reasons to do with playlisting.

This seems to rule out the video card and 'overlay' problems etc. So if it's not hardware - then what is disrupting video playback. It's esp. weird that WMP will not behave.

Video card is Ge-Force 7300. I can supply more info if anyone wishes to venture an idea. Thanks.

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September 6, 2008 at 14:09:01
Wild guess! Do you have virtual memory set to 'System managed size', if not change it to that.
How much memory do you have?

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September 7, 2008 at 00:02:54
Thanks Aegis. I have 2gb ddr2/800 installed. I can't check those settings until Tuesday.

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September 7, 2008 at 10:05:20
If it has 2gb of RAM, I don't think that the virtual memory setting is the problem.

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September 7, 2008 at 15:53:00
The only thing I can think of is that the full-length videos may be especially encoded against unlawful use and that VLC is able to get around the issue. This is a legitimate commercial application (rights are paid) where the content is supplied on hdd so I will check with the vendor to see which codec they're using. Will post answer.

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September 14, 2008 at 23:40:45
Details from the vendor of my full-length mpeg2 files reveal nothing unusual about their encoding, apparently mastered out of Adobe Premiere. I have since installed some more video players but the result is the same - they won't play my full length videos. VLC continues to be the only player that will. What is going on here???

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October 3, 2008 at 04:56:25
SOLVED: Transpires that the files were being encoded in 4.2.2 colour-space (colour compression). I did not have the matching codec. The files that were playing were encoded 4.2.0 and I had that codec. However, the correct codec had to be sourced from a very early version (not the latest of the net) and I was just lucky enough to be able to source this (like about 3 years back version!).

A bitter lesson learnt, and a lot of time wasted on this.

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