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File types & Downloads

  • @joshl said in File types & Downloads:

    @burnout426 How do you do that?
    I didn't find it in the folder menu. System settings?

    Since I don't know what Windows version you are on, here is a description for Windows XP up to Windows 10.

  • @yanta

    Windows XP

    In Windows Explorer, choose Tools > Folder Options.

    Click the View tab in the Folder Options dialog box.

    In Advanced Settings, select Show Hidden Files and Folders.

    Deselect Hide Extensions for Known File Types.

    Click OK.

    Found it.
    But why should I "select Show Hidden Files and Folders"? They're in separate listings and are they at all relevant to one another?


    Anyway, if I do this "Deselect Hide Extensions", what possible complications, if any, could it infer? (And I hope I can revert it the same way if anything at all...)

  • @joshl

    But why should I "select Show Hidden Files and Folders"?

    The webpage I linked to describes also how to show hidden files and foldes, however, you don't need to change that setting, only what @burnout426 mentioned (= to unhide extensions for known file types).

    Anyway, if I do this "Deselect Hide Extensions", what possible complications, if any, could it infer?

    There are no possible complications, it's quite the contrary, not to hide extensions for known file types means an increase in safety.

    And I hope I can revert it the same way if anything at all...)

    Yes, you can.

  • @yanta said in File types & Downloads:

    There are no possible complications, it's quite the contrary, not to hide extensions for known file types means an increase in safety.

    Exactly.

  • Funny thing.

    I downloaded a video file to which the browser assigned the .mp4 extension.
    Funny thing it wouldn't synch in either of my players (WMP & MPC).
    I tried stripping it with no extension - no synch.
    I tried .mpg - it synched in my WMP.
    WTF?
    Yeah, the most funny thing is that my MPC said it was actually a MPEG Layer 4 file...
    Well, I can't establish a law of physics yet, but the liter the file the less possibility of such synching problems. Meaning density-like: up to a hundred per 40-minute episode, like lower quality or something... Usually meaning 240p is o'k. Usually, maybe...

    Thank you for your pointing me out to that setting, I wouldn't do without it.
    (:

  • Opened an old video here.
    It was a browser download or something. The file downloaded as .avi - so it was .avi. I opened it with my MPC: Shift F10 - second tab said it was Xvid, but I opened the third tab there - it said video was MP4. What does that mean?
    Just curious. Plus it might mean something considering better use and knowledge...

  • @joshl Sound like it's an mpeg-4 video in an avi container (as opposed to an mp4 container). The mention of xvid might be due to the specific version of mpeg-4 (mpeg-4 part 2 asp profile) that's being used.

  • @burnout426 I saw something about "advanced video codec", forgot. In the third tab there. I guess it's something like AAC but for the picture...

  • @burnout426 So, when I see "H.264" in tab 2, it's practically it? Yeah, there's often (usually) some additional stuff in tab 2 regarding the video (though not only), like sometimes, some dimensions differ from the resolution, one written with a ":", the other with some "x" (wondered about that).

  • @joshl The order of the tabs in my MPC is "Details", "Clip", "Media Info". If you see "(H264)" for "video" on the Details tab, that's good enough. But, you can use that plus the General and Video info on the "Media Info" tab to get the full picture.

    Or, you can just hit ctrl + j in VLC. You might like the way they list the info better.

  • @burnout426 Maybe.
    Tab 1 only shows info listed in your file system. If you stream a file from the Web, it says many idontknows there, nor does it show the inner package, like you said the second tab does.
    For some time I didn't look at the content of the third tab, only that ".avi" time I did.

  • @joshl said in File types & Downloads:

    If you stream a file from the Web, it says many idontknows there, nor does it show the inner package, like you said the second tab does.

    ok.

  • @joshl said in File types & Downloads:

    @burnout426 I saw something about "advanced video codec", forgot. In the third tab there. I guess it's something like AAC but for the picture...

    Tried renaming an old "H.264" file with an .avc - my system didn't recognise it:)
    I surmise I might just stick with the .mp4🙂

  • You can try some free media file analyzers to examine the files. One of them might give you more details that VLC and MPC etc.

  • You could try the free media player VLC, if they still offer a version for your system. I use it instead of WMP and it plays most formats.

  • Should I delete the RealPlayer here? It wouldn't play most files for some time now, but it still holds the file-action defaults in the folder menu and I forget where to mend it.
    It was an awesome machine while it lasted. Not for long though.

  • @joshl
    RealPlayer hasn't been updated for years, and was always a resource hog in my experience too, so I would certainly get rid of it.
    VLC will do everything that it does, and more.
    🙂

  • @davehawley Mourning, Dave!
    🙂

  • @davehawley said in File types & Downloads:

    RealPlayer hasn't been updated for years, and was always a resource hog in my experience too, so I would certainly get rid of it.

    Right.
    Just browsed through my Programs panel in the "Start" menu - didn't find the "Uninstall" option. Found RealPlayer in the "Installing and Deleting Programs" thing: should I proceed there?
    How deep must this player thing be rooted? Anything to expect?

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