Opened 13 years ago

Last modified 9 years ago

#869 new defect

Windows Media Player does not play VCD or DVD compliant MPG files encoded with mencoder

Reported by:… Owned by: reimar
Priority: normal Component: ve
Version: HEAD Severity: normal
Keywords: Cc: compn, r_togni@…
Blocked By: Blocking:
Reproduced by developer: Analyzed by developer:


I use mencoder from ubuntu feisty repos, I followed the offical docs to encode a DVD or VCD compliant mpeg file:

It plays nicely with mplayer, gstreamer or xine, but it won't play at all with Windows Media Player. If it is a VCD compliant mpg it says "Damaged format" without even trying to get the codec...

Change History (4)

comment:1 Changed 13 years ago by compn

sounds like a bug in windows media player to me ;p

comment:2 Changed 13 years ago by…

I see your point but maybe it's only a problem of a label missing in a header... like the "-ffourcc DX50" when encoding DivX... if so it should be quite easy to solve...
Anyway I think the mplayer team should find a solution because even if the MPEG files produced by mencoder are VCD or DVD standard compliant, this is quite useless when you want to pass a video to others: keep on mind that WMP is still the most used player, so it actually impose a "standard de facto" which mencoder should be able to comply...

comment:3 Changed 10 years ago by compn

  • Cc patriotact@… added

just to clarify: yes i agree, mencoder should output some files that wmp can play.
likewise for realplayer and quicktime.

just that no one cares to fix it.
and mencoder has been unmaintained for some time now.

patches welcome. known bug, etc

comment:4 Changed 9 years ago by diego@…

  • Component changed from DOCS to ve
  • op_sys changed from Linux to All
  • Owner changed from diego@… to reimar
  • rep_platform changed from PC (x86 with 3D Now) to All
  • Version changed from 1.0rc1 to HEAD
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