Solved windows media player noise when playing .mov videos

January 4, 2014 at 03:22:01
Specs: Windows Vista
Previously I was able to play all my .mov video clips )taken from my Panasonic Lumix TZ camera) with little or no noise.

Now I am getting very loud static when I play them in Windows Media Player but do not get this static when I play them in Quick Time.

This suggests a probem with Windows Media Player.

Does anyone know the cause & how it can be rectified so that I can get back to playing my camera videos in WMP free of this noise intrusion?


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January 8, 2014 at 06:10:29
As far as I am aware WMP does not naturally play mov files, so I assume at some stage you installed a codec. It might be easier to use VLC player than trying to fix the WMP codec. VLC plays just about anything.

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January 4, 2014 at 11:51:14
Please provide make and model number of computer.

In the meantime try turning the speaker control down and the WMP volume up.

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January 7, 2014 at 00:35:02
Sorry not to have responded earlier Derek but have been dealing with a family illness.

Make and model number of computer are: HP Pavilion Desktop PCA6530A

Turning speaker control down & WMP volume up has not improved the problem.


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January 7, 2014 at 13:54:39
Sorry, I should have asked, do other videos play in Windows Media Player?
If you are not sure you have any then search for *.avi *.mpg or *.wmv - it should play all of these.

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#4
January 7, 2014 at 22:49:40
Yes - the .mpg & .wmv files I have play perfectly

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January 8, 2014 at 06:10:29
✔ Best Answer
As far as I am aware WMP does not naturally play mov files, so I assume at some stage you installed a codec. It might be easier to use VLC player than trying to fix the WMP codec. VLC plays just about anything.

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January 12, 2014 at 17:15:38
Many thanks for your advice Derek - VLC media player works fine (i.e Noise problems encountered with WMP have been overcome)

As a matter of interest, any .mov file taken in portrait view only plays on its side in landscape view in VLC - even after using rotator software to rotate (90 degrees) the .mov file to portrait view,

In the past WMP recognised the rotation of the .Mov file from landscape & played it in portrait view accordingly, whereas VLC doesn't recognise that the file has been rotated to portrait view at all.

Regardless of this, very happy to have resolved the noise problem & thank you again for your help


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January 12, 2014 at 18:46:52
Hate to say it but my VLC does that "with some videos" too, you've reminded me I never solved it. Maybe there is bug which will be fixed in a later version but I'll have another look at it. If I find any reason I'll post it on here. In the meantime lay sideways.

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In fact mine are even worse. A set of mov files taken on a phone play upside down (thumbs normal). The rest of the mov files are OK.

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#8
January 12, 2014 at 19:20:33
Further to above:

Were yours taken on an iPhone? If so this seems to be the problem (mine anyway):
http://www.avforums.com/threads/the...

It looks like the iPhone orientation carry through facility is not available in VLC. Apple QuickTime would be OK for mov files but that program is not generally favoured. Unfortunately the setting in VLC it changes globally so that's not a very good idea. Let's hope VLC sort it some day.

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January 12, 2014 at 20:17:08
No - mine were taken on a Panasonic Lumix TZ3 digital camera

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#10
January 13, 2014 at 09:20:22
That's scotched the theory then. Very odd, maybe someone on the VLC forum would be better able to advise on this. One thing you could try is to put the offending videos into their own folder, then right click the folder and select "Play with VLC media player". It works for my issue although it might not be too convenient for your particular video file arrangements.

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January 13, 2014 at 16:11:54
The problem of videos/pictures not showing in the right orientation is due to how the media file is written. Most cameras will orient the picture according to how the camera is held and write the image itself in portrait or landscape mode. Devices like iPhones orient the picture with metadata. This is where the problem comes in. Many programs won't read the metadata and orient the picture correctly, they just play the picture and if you hold the phone or camera sideways or upside down, that is the way the program will play it back.

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