Friday, January 12, 2007

How to get your Intel-Mac to play WMV Files

1) Download Mac Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx
It can be extracted using Stuffit Expander: http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/

2) Change your Installer to use "Rosetta"(Rosetta allows PowerPC compiled apps to work on an Intel Mac)
Before running the installer you will need to navigation to Macintosh HD/Applications/Utilities. Find the application called "Installer," and either right-click or Apple+click to get the context menu. Select "Get Info."

Beneath the color labels you'll notice a checkbox that reads "Open Using Rosetta" Tick the box.


3) Install Mac Windows Media Player 9
Navigate back to the Windows Media installer and run the file. Follow the on screen instructions. Close the installer. At this point, you should go back and change the "Installer" application so that it no longer runs using Rosetta.

4) Change your browsers (Safari, Firefox) to use "Rosetta"
Windows Media Player is now installed. However to get it to work with your browsers you need to set these to run using Rosetta.
Navigate to Macintosh HD/Applications/ and right click or apple+click on the browser application (either Safari, IE, or Firefox) and select get info. Beneath the color labels you'll notice a checkbox that reads "Open Using Rosetta." Tick the box.

How to get Safari on Intel-Mac to play RealPlayer Files
Go to 'Get Info' on the Safari application; about half way down the resulting dialogue, tick "open using Rosetta". (Rosetta allows PowerPC compiled apps to work on an Intel Mac)

How to get Firefox on Intel-Mac to play RealPlayer Files
Go to 'Get Info' on the Firefox application; about half way down the resulting dialogue, tick "open using Rosetta". (Rosetta allows PowerPC compiled apps to work on an Intel Mac)

How to get your pre-Intel Mac to play WMV files.
1) Download and install Flip4Mac from http://www.flip4mac.com

If the browser still will not stream in the videos, you may want to download and Install Windows Media Player as well.

Download Mac Windows Media Player 9 for Mac OS X
Go to http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/default.mspx and download Windows
It can be extracted using Stuffit Expander: http://www.stuffit.com/mac/expander/



1 comment:

Antonio said...

Playing WMV on an intel Mac is done most successfully with Flip4Mac HERE
WM Player has lost support from Microsoft for the Mac, but F4M is fully compatible with the Intel Mac's. It supports WM7, 8, 9, 9 Advanced, ISO MPEG 4 V1.0 & V1.1, Microsoft MPEG 4 V2 & V2 along with multiple audio codecs. And not only that, but it's a web plugin for AV playback.