Windows Media Player can’t play MEPG-2 video file- Solution

My Windows Media Player won’t play MPEG-2 movie file. It says I’m missing some codecs…. but I’ve ready downloaded some and it didn’t seem to work at all. I need some help to play MPEG-2 in Windows Media Player. I have researched the web and tried to follow these instructions. Below are the possible solutions to get MPEG-2 files playable in Windows Movie Maker.

According to some guys’ feedback, I know that WMP doesn’t natively decode mpeg-2 files. That’s because Microsoft Windows operating systems provide only an MPEG-1 video decoder, but no MPEG-2. There’re 3 ways to remedy this.

1. Play the file using an alternate player Media Player Classic (, Videolan (, and many more…

2. Buy dvd software like windvd or powerdvd – the mpeg-2 file will play seamlessly in windows media player.

3. Get a MPEG-2 file encoder like Brorsoft Video Converter and convert MPEG-2 to Windows Media Player supported video like WMV.

The above 2 solutions are easy to realize, but I choose the third way as I think find a video converter can solve the MPEG-2 to Windows Media Player incompatibility issues easily and I can play all kinds of videos I want in WMP. I will share a detailed guide for you.

Step 1. Install and run this best MPEG-2 to Windows Media Player Converter. Click load disc button to import the MPEG2 movie files to the program.

Step 2. Next, choose a video format that is supported by Windows Media Player as the output format. Of course WMV is the best choice. Simply click “Format” > “Common Video” or “”HD Video” and select “WMV” from the format list.

Tip: To get a decent output video quality as you want, you can also click “Settings” icon to and enter “Profile Settings” panel to adjust video size, bit rate, frame rate, sample rate and audio channels.

Step 3. When all the settings are OK, go back to the main window and click “Convert” to begin converting MPEG-2 to WMV for Windows Media Player.

When the conversion is done, click “Open” to locate the output .wmv video files. After that, you can play the converted MPEG-2 video in Windows Media Player smoothly.

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