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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac Apps
Tiger only hintNot a hint by me, but I thought this information on how to get Windows Media (WMV) videos to play, using Flip4Mac, on an Intel Mac should be shared.

[robg adds: The essence of the tip is as follows:
  1. Set the Apple Installer, in Application/Utilities, to run in Rosetta.
  2. Run the Flip4Mac installation program.
  3. Revert the Apple Installer to non-Rosetta mode.
  4. Set QuickTime Player to run in Rosetta mode.
With these changes, Flip4Mac should now install and be able to handle WMV files. I tested it on the mini, and it works as described, though running QuickTime in Rosetta isn't ideal. You may wish to toggle it back to Universal when you're not viewing WMV files. There are more details provided at the above link.]
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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: larkost on Mar 14, '06 07:19:07AM

As of 10.4.5 you do not need to do anything to the installer to make it work. That problem was specifically addressed in the 10.4.5 update. However, you still can't run the plugin in QuickTime while it is running in native mode.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: billdill on Mar 14, '06 08:52:53AM

I just tried to install Flip4Mac with 10.4.5 and It still tells me it can't install on an Intel Mac. I also have the newest security update installed. Why might that be?



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: Craigriver on Mar 14, '06 10:57:52AM

Just installed WMP on the office's new Intel Mac. No issues whatsoever. All streaming video and radio programs working very well. I realize Microsoft isn't supporting this, but at this time it works.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: cawaker on Mar 14, '06 11:26:21AM

I did the same thing, d/led the WMP 9 player for mac form MS and installed it.
It works fine except for the browser plugin. but it gives me the option when I load a page top open the windows media file directly in WMP instead of embedded in the browser.

If i set Safari to run in rosetta mode, the plugin would work fine.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: skapplin on Mar 15, '06 02:43:38PM

This hint does not work in Safari. The Flip4Mac plug-ins are non-functional as is its preference pane. All this is good for is to play WMV files in QT. It's just as easy to use WMP which works fine via Rosetta.

So, what good is this?



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: adrianm on Mar 15, '06 11:22:35PM
Isn't it because Flip4Mac plays newer content that WMP does not?

Oh and that for many, purging their Macs of anything from the Evil Empire is a Good Thing™ :-)

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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: anandman on Mar 20, '06 08:27:25AM

Same deal here. Just set Safari to run in Rosetta mode and WM plays fine (I use WMP9 with 10.4.5 as a previous user said). My only concern is Safari will run a lot slower in Rosetta mode so I may just revert back to having Safari launch WMP9 externally.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: brothma on Mar 16, '06 12:29:18AM

For those of you who listen to rhapsody, xmradio, or dc101 (basically music services that use window media player as their interface) this is the ONLY WAY you will be able to hear them on an Intel mac. The Windows media player plugin does not work properly through rosetta.

I do not know if it works in Sirius, but I had the same error as the other services before loading the new flip4mac and assume that it should work for this service as well.

I have not tested with safari yet, but firefox works great, and the streaming loads faster than my other macs.

Thanks for the tip. I have been going nuts trying to find a fix so I can listen to all my music on my cool new MacBook Pro.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: gotbentut on Apr 04, '06 12:30:30AM

Does anyone have any idea if this works for playing movies available on demand from services like Cinema Now (http://www.cinemanow.com/) or Movielink(http://www.movielink.com)? It'd be cool to have access to on demand movies on my mac based home theater rig.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: gotbentut on Apr 04, '06 12:32:30AM

Does anyone have any idea if this works for playing movies available on demand from services like Cinema Now (http://www.cinemanow.com/) or Movielink(http://www.movielink.com)? It'd be cool to have access to on demand movies on my mac based home theater rig.



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: timelife on Apr 12, '06 03:41:19PM

Does anyone know how to convert Quicktime movies to .wmv files on the Intel Mac? I tried downloading Flip4Mac trial and it said the software is not supported on Intel Macs.

I need to make my Final Cut movies into .wmv files. Any suggestions?



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: mingistech on Apr 26, '06 06:22:04AM

Popwire WMV-9 Component for Intel works for Importing and Exporting WMV files.

Check it out.... works great.

http://www.popwire.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=7



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Make Windows Media files play on an Intel Mac
Authored by: mingistech on Apr 26, '06 06:23:55AM

Popwire WMV-9 Component for Intel works for Importing and Exporting WMV files.

Check it out.... works great.

http://www.popwire.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=7



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