Guys, First post, be nice! If it's in the wrong area, I'm sorry! I have an 700Mb avi file where you get the standard 3 second "This file can only be played with 3WPlayer please visit www. etc. etc." I know most responses will be; delete the file it's rubbish or don't download 3WPlayer it's full of spyware. I am aware that this media player is bad news & won't be installing it on this PC. I have however installed it on an old machine & the played the file It works perfectly & is of good quality, Can anyone give any advice on the below. 1. What happens to these avi files so a standard media player will only show 3 seconds of rubbish? 2. Is there any codec that will plug into media player to get round this problem? 3. Has anyone managed to figure out a workaround for these type of files? I would like to understand how this works, not necessarily because I desperately want to understand how this can be done, is this the future of copyright protection?? Any thoughts guys??