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Feb 15, 2006, 09:11 AM
Slope elope
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Mac users: You can now play Windows Media Files through Quicktime

Sorry that this is rather off topic, but we have a mixture of windows and mac users here, and people post a lot of sloping videos, so that's my connection and I'm stickin' with it!

Microsoft has ended development of Windows Media Player for Mac (good riddance?), but is now offering a free plugin that will allow you to finally play WMF directly in your Quicktime player. There are other players that will allow you to play Windows Media, but it's nice to be able to play it all straight through a single player.

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Feb 15, 2006, 10:10 AM
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I downloaded it... works great. Thanks.

Feb 15, 2006, 10:22 AM
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Works! Thanks for the heads up.
Feb 15, 2006, 10:34 AM
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Thanks for the tip!


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Feb 15, 2006, 11:11 AM
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Great news! I was worried about that.

Feb 15, 2006, 11:25 AM
Slope elope
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Alright, now don't don't never say Uncle Bill never did nuthin' for you Appleheads.

Feb 15, 2006, 03:46 PM
Throw Caution to the Wind
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P-shew! Why didn't someone do that YEARS ago?

It's weird, but now I can jump right to anywhere in the vid and it just plays, instead of giving me sound only for 15 seconds before the vid shows up. I can fast forward now. I can almost go frame-by-frame and in reverse. So not quite as smooth as a native QT file, but all the fun features I like.

Maybe the streaming content will play better too, and I'll be able to pause it while my slow connection finishes loading it, instead of having to watch it blow chunks at me.

Thank you Bill, for dropping Mac support of your product!
Feb 15, 2006, 04:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Lavawing
Thank you Bill, for dropping Mac support of your product!
Now if only he'd drop Windows support of his products, we'd all be better off
Feb 15, 2006, 04:24 PM
It's been a while.
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And for linux users...
Feb 15, 2006, 04:30 PM
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I was using "flip 4 mac". Had to pay but it works. So now.............I'll go to yours. Thanks for the tip.
Feb 15, 2006, 04:31 PM
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Oh......what the hell. It IS flip 4 mac. I paid for it 2 years ago. No problems. Love it.
Feb 15, 2006, 04:37 PM
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Finally a fix for the broken WM player for OS 10. Seems to working good so far.
None of the videos stop about half way like most WMV files do.

I only keep my XP box around for encoding WMV files and playing rapsody radio. thats about all its good for.......

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