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Windows Media Player Video/Sound Sync Problem


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periwinkle

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Hello Friendly Geeks!

For a while I've been having playback problems with Windows Media Player. I think I have version 11. I've noticed that when I pause the video, the sound becomes delayed. And, the more times I pause the video, the worse the voice synchronization becomes. So, it's like watching those old Kung Fu movies, where you see the guy's mouth moving but hear him talking about 5 seconds afterwards, due to the poor dubbing.

I decided to download the free Div player from Divx.com, so that I would have an alternate video player. Well, I had to change the aspect ratio to view my videos correctly so they didn't look fat and wide. I adjusted the aspect ratio for videos on the Divx player. However, when I went to play another video on WMP, my videos had changed aspect ratio within Windows Media Player. There was no way to change the aspect ratio within WMP, so I had to go back to the Divx player application and try to change it there. However, I could not get the change to work for WMP. So, now WMP is messed up. Vides are fat and wide. They look normal on the Divx player.

There are some other issues I'm having as well. About 6 months ago, I installed a second hard drive. With my original hard drive, I had the Power DVD player that came with my computer package. However, this application "disappeared" when I made the new hard drive the master. I didn't mirror image the new hard drive, as there were problems on the old hard drive. I still have the old hard drive installed and it works. When I would put in a CD or DVD to play on the old HD, my computer used to prompt me to choose which program to play with or start with Power DVD/CD player. Now, I have to choose WMP to get anything to play, or it defaults to WinAmp. I installed WinAmp because of a feature about it that I like and made it the default player. However, I cannot seem to get WinAmp to show videos, even though it has shown videos quite easily in the past with the old hard drive.

Is there some way to fix WMP to stop this problem with the voice/video (dis)synchronization? I never had this problem with WMP on the old hard drive. I don't know what's causing it with the new hard drive. How can I get my WMP to play videos normally and not wide and distorted? It feels like I've messed up my WMP. I tried the 16:9, 4:3 (TV interface) and a custom setting 5:8. These changes occur on Divx player, but not within WMP. So, whatever I've done, I can't seem to find the way back to normal settings in WMP.
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keithr128

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You could try uninstalling WMP and then reinstalling it.
I had the same problem with WMP where the sound was out of sync so I stopped using it and switched to VLC Media Player which plays many types of video files and I have never had any problem with the sound being out of sync.

Link to VLC.

Link to WMP 11.
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I have downloaded the VLC player, but I don't want to uninstall WMP. I'm worried about it not working if I try to reinstall it. The only reason I hesitate is because I once uninstalled Roxio, which came with my computer. I was never able to have it function correctly after I tried to reinstall it. I would have had to pay for it, even though it came free with my computer and fully functional. Plus, I have files that I made with WMP. Will these be affected?

There are some music and video files on my old hard drive that I absolutely know are on the HD, but I can't access them with the new HD. It's frustrating because I had a music CD that I had burned to my HD and then lost the original CD. So, now I will have to go out and buy it again or somehow find that file that I burned with WMP. Is there some way to find music files that were burned with WMP without looking inside WMP? I have a folder that I thought contained all my music, but this one CD is nowhere to be found. I've tried searching using the name, but the search function in XP is pretty worthless and sometimes doesn't even find files that are actually there. Any hints about finding files burned with WMP within the application?
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