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Downloaded movie not valid

Discussion in 'Video playback problems' started by bahnan, Jun 15, 2009.

  1. bahnan

    bahnan Regular member

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    Have downloaded a movie in .divx format and neither subtitle workshop nor any other will open it. What is wrong with it? Help!
    Tks
     
  2. attar

    attar Senior member

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    The only .divx files I have seen are those created by 'AviaddXsub' when adding divx subtitles to an AVI file (as opposed to files that have been authored as UltraDivX in a program like TmpgEnc).

    I know that my particular files cannot be opened with Subtitle Workshop (even though .divx is shown as a valid format).
    The only way I could open the file in Subtitle Workshop was to either run it through AviAddXSub and have it remove the subtitle stream or open it in AviDemux and save as a new AVI file (the subtitle stream is lost in this case).

    The DivX subtitle stream is not detected on any media player that I have tried (although the subs are displayed on a standalone DivX player).
     
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    bahnan Regular member

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    Tks for the info but no joy!!! Tried Avidemux but refused to open it. BTW on the dialogue box in Avidemux on what shall I clk? I mean on Video and Format where shall I click?
     
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    With Avidemux the file is loaded using 'Open' or simply drag the source onto the window.
    The menu on the left side of the window is to set the output format.
    It defaults to 'Copy' for the Video and Audio and 'AVI' for the container.

     
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    bahnan Regular member

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    No one will open it. Avidemux says Cannot open file, Media Player Classic says Cannot render file. Windows Media player too gave up. Nothing will open this short of a dynamite ha ha?
     
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    Use MediaInfo or GSpot to see if they can detect what codec was used.
     
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    Tks Attar for your time. So here are the results:
    Gspot: Codec: blank Name: Unknown
    Status: Codec status Undetermined
    Tried to "Play" it from within prog said: No application associated with the file name ext.

    Tried Media Info result was blank screen except: The Deep - format: divx and 4.12 GiB

    I suppose that we have reached a firewall ha ha!
     
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    Sometimes these downloaded movies are fakes and not media files
    at all. Often, they are rar files, misnamed.

    I usually use virtualdub's Hex viewer to look at the first couple of
    pages of the file. You can usually see right away if it's bogus.
     
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    Tks guys. I try these suggestions as a last resort before I dump it!
     
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    Tried VirtualDub and refused to open it too. Said it is an unknown or unsupported file!!!!
     
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    That's not what I meant !
    I was referring to the Virtualdub/tools/hex editor
    (this will open anything).

    The data you see on the page is the actual bits and bytes of your
    so-called avi file.

    If you don't know what to make of it, take a screen shot of the
    first page and post it in here.
     
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    Hi
    opened Virtual Dub hex editor and it showed only a page full of zeroes! I tried to copy the screen shot here but did not succeed!!
     
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    The way to post it here is to first use the PC to do a
    "print screen", save it as a JPG on your PC, then post it to an
    image hosting site like http://imageshack.us/.

    Then, obviously, post the URL link that the site provides and put
    it in your post. One of the links is for forums, and you can use
    the preview button in here to make sure it shows.

    Saying that, however, if it's all zero's the file is bad.
    That's where the avi header info should be.
    Handy tool the hex viewer/editor!

    Sometimes , if you really want to see what's going on, you have to
    get down to the bits and bytes level. Look at a good avi in there,
    and you'll see the difference.
     
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    [​IMG]
    Here it is the first page... I learned something new! Tks.
    The second page isn't so blank but!
     

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