Windows Media Player 12: Playing Ogg Audio Files

Does Windows Media Player 12 support OGG audio file? I guess no cause there are many cases online that WMP failed to play OGG files:

"I’ve ripped the majority of my music collection in .OGG Vorbis format, and I’ve installed the DirectShow filters and codecs from the website. When I select “Play with Windows Media Player” or “Add to Now Playing List” from the context menu on the containing directory, it only opens Windows Media Player without adding any of the media files."

Why Can’t Windows Media Player 12 Play Ogg Files?

By default Windows Media Player 12 doesn’t support the Ogg Vorbis audio format. In fact, compared to more modern programs like VLC Media Player and Foobar2000, Microsoft’s jukebox program doesn’t support many audio formats out of the box.

This is because it doesn’t have the right codec in order to decode audio which has been compressed with the Vorbis format. So, if you’ve got files ending in .ogg or .oga then WMP 12 won’t know what to do with these. If you’ve already tried playing Ogg Vorbis files, then you’ll probably have seen WMP 12 complain (via a pop up message) that it had a problem — it then promptly refuses to do anything more.

To get Ogg files supported in WMP 12/8/7, you can of course use an alternative media player, but what if you want to stay with WMP 12? How do you get it to play Ogg files? You have two options: 1. install the codec; 2. convert OGG format.

Method 1: Adding Support For Ogg Files

The solution is to install a codec that can decode files in the Ogg Vorbis format. There are plenty of codec packs that you can download and install, but these often add a lot more codecs (including video) on your system than you actually need.

If you just want to add support for Ogg, then all you need to do is use the appropriate DirectShow filter.

Once installed on your computer, Windows Media Player (and any other DirectShow compatible player) will be able to use this filter.

Here’s how:

  1. Go to Xiph.org’s download page.
  2. Look in the Binaries section and download the Open Codec installer. As well as adding support for Ogg Vorbis, this installer also includes codecs for Speex, Theora, FLAC, and WebM too.
  3. Once downloaded, run the opencodecs executable file.
  4. Click Next on the first screen.
  5. Read the license agreement and then click the I Agree button.
  6. Click Next if you are happy with the default destination folder. Alternatively, use the Browse button to choose a different folder.
  7. To install all the codecs in the pack and set up the necessary file associations for WMP, click Next.
  8. Choose a menu start folder from the list, or just click Install to go with the default path.
  9. Wait for the codecs to be installed and then click Finish.
  10. Restart your computer.

Testing Windows Media Player 12 Ogg Playback

  1. When Windows is back up and running, go to the folder on your hard drive where the ogg files are located.
  2. Double-click on a file to test.

If everything is set up correctly, Windows Media Player 12 should automatically run and start playing the Ogg file you selected.

Method 2: Convert OGG to WMP 12 For Playing

 A large number of audio conversion software packages exist for converting these OGG to WMP, mp3, or anything else that WMP will play natively. Be aware that converting already compressed files may degrade their quality. Much of the conversion software will require the above codecs to be installed. Conversion may make sense if you ultimately wanting to share your music with devices such as the iPhone that does not support the OGG formats.

Pavtube Video Converter Ultimate is recommended here. With this OGG converter you can convert OGG audio files to a variety of audio formats such as MP3, WMA, FLAC, AAC, AC3, MKA, etc. On the other hand, it also can convert any audio format to OGG files. It can extract OGG files from MP4/MKV/WMV/AVI, etc video, even Blu-ray and DVD movies. Meanwhile, it also can directly rip Blu-ray and DVD to WMA or WMV for WMP and convert video to WMA or WMV for WMP.

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Step 1: Add OGG files to the audio converter by clicking "File" at the top of the interface.

Step 2: Choose MWA audio from the "Common Audio" catelog from "Format".

Tips: you can click "Settings" to adjust audio codec, channel, sample rate and bitrate.

Step 3: Press on "Convert" to start to convert OGG files to WMP 12 supported WMA audio.

After the conversion, you can locate the generated WMA audio files in output folder then add the WMA audio files to WMP playlist to enjoy the audio.

Digital Container Formats

Definition of: multimedia container

A digital file format that holds audio, video and subtitles. Containers support a variety of audio and video compression methods and are not tied to one particular audio or video codec. AVI was the first Windows container format, and Matroska/MKV is a popular open source container. MPEG-4, QuickTime and RealMedia are also A/V containers.

The most popular multimedia containers are:

  • AVI (standard Microsoft Windows container).
  • MOV (standard QuickTime container).
  • MP4 (standard container for the MPEG-4 multimedia portfolio).
  • Ogg (standard container for Xiph.org codecs).
  • Matroska (not standard for any codec or system, but it is an open standard).
  • ASF (standard container for Microsoft WMA and WMV).
  • RealMedia (standard container for RealVideo and RealAudio).

The differences between various container formats arise from five main issues:

  • Popularity; how widely supported a container is. This is the reason that the AVI format is still the most popular format.
  • Overhead. This is the difference in file-size between two files with the same content in a different container. For a two-hour film, when in AVI, the file may be up to 10MB larger than when in Matroska.
  • Support for advanced codec functionality. Older formats such as AVI do not support new codec features like B-frames, VBR audio, VFR natively, although the format may be tweaked to add support, creating compatibility problems.
  • Support for advanced content, such as chapters, subtitles, meta-tags, user-data.
  • Support of streaming mediamedia streaming on demand via the Internet.

Format Comparison

 

AVI MP4 OGG MKV ASF
 Standard owner Microsoft MPEG Xiph.org Matroska.org Microsoft
 B-frames support by tweaks Yes Yes Yes Yes
 VBR audio Yes* Yes Yes Yes Yes
 Variable frame rate No Yes No Yes No
 Chapters No No Yes Yes No
 Subtitles No ttxt Ogg Writ Anything No
 Streamable No Yes Yes Yes Yes

* ACM cannot handle VBR audio streams in AVI files. Thus, software using ACM (Audio Compression Manager) to read audio from AVI files will not be able to handle VBR audio streams correctly, even though such files are compliant to the AVI file specification. This is a limitation of the ACM, not of the AVI file format.

Container Formats Explanations

AVI

Audio-Video Interleave (AVI) is a multimedia container format introduced by Microsoft in 1992, as part of the Video for Windows technology. These files contain both audio and video data in a standard container that allows simultaneous playback. Most AVI files also use the file format extensions developed by the Matrox OpenDML group in February 1996. These files are supported by Microsoft, and are known unofficially as ‘AVI 2.0’.

MOV

A QuickTime MOV file contains one or more tracks, each of which store a particular type of data, such as audio, video, effects, or subtitles. Each track in turn contains track media, either the digitally encoded media stream (using a specific codec such as Cinepak, Sorenson codec, MP3, JPEG, DivX, or PNG) or a data reference to the media stored in another file or elsewhere on a network. It also has an ‘edit list’ that indicates what parts of the media to use.

The ability to contain abstract data references for the media data, and the separation of the media data from the media offsets and the track edit lists means that QuickTime is particularly suited for editing, as it is capable of importing and editing in place (without data copying) other formats such as AIFF DV, MP3, MPEG-1, and AVI.

MP4

MPEG-4 Part 14 or MP4 is a container file format specified as a part of the ISO/IEC MPEG-4 international standard. It is used to store media types defined by the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group, and can be used to store other media types as well.

MP4 allows streaming over the internet. It also allows multiplexing of multiple video and audio streams in one file, variable frame- and bit-rates, subtitles and still images.

Ogg

Ogg Media Container is developed by Xiph.org as the framework of a larger initiative aimed at developing a set of components for the coding and decoding of multimedia content which are both freely available and freely re-implementable in software.

The term Ogg often incorrectly refers to the Vorbis audio codec. Other prominent components of Ogg are its video codec Theora, and the speech audio compression format, Speex.

If you are wondering about the OGM format, refer to this page for detailed information. DivXLand.org suggests to use the Matroska container, since OGM is no longer developed.

Matroska

Matroska aims to be the standard for multimedia container formats. It incorporates features you would expect from a modern container format, like:

  • Fast seeking in the file
  • High error recovery
  • Chapter entries
  • Selectable subtitle streams
  • Selectable audio streams
  • Modularly Extendable
  • Streamable over internet (HTTP and RTP audio / video streams)
  • DVD-style menus

The Matroska file extensions are:

  • .mkv: generally video files, as well those containing audio (movies) or video only.
  • .mka: audio only files, can contain any supported audio compresion format, such as MP2, MP3, Vorbis, AAC, AC3, DTS, PCM.
  • .mks: a so called ‘elementary’ matroska stream containing any subtitles stream.

To open Matroska files, you need to install either the DivX Total Pack or the Matroska Pack filter. For extended information regarding the Matroska container format, visit its website.

ASF

Advanced Systems Format (formerly Advanced Streaming Format) is Microsoft’s proprietary digital audio and video container format, especially designed for streaming media. ASF is part of the Windows Media framework.

The format does not specify how the video or audio should be encoded, but instead just specifies the structure of the video/audio stream. What this means is that ASF files can be encoded with basically any audio/video codec and still would be in ASF format. This is similar to the function performed by the QuickTime, AVI, or Ogg formats.

The most common filetypes contained within an ASF file are Windows Media Audio (WMA) and Windows Media Video (WMV).

RealMedia

RealMedia is a multimedia container format created by RealNetworks. It is typically used in conjunction with RealVideo and RealAudio compression and is popular for streaming content over the internet.

RM content can be played with RealPlayer, or with any DirectShow based player by installing third party filters such as RealAlternative.

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How to Make a Digital Copy of Netflix DVD for Storing and Collecting?

We spend money but we don’t own the movie indeed. That’s a pity. Therefore, somebody just wonder if we can copy the rented Netflix Angelina Jolie DVD/Blu-ray and put it away. Sure, you do. You can remove the copy-protections on DVD with Blu-ray/DVD Ripper and store the rips to your hard disc, NAS, personal cloud storage, server, external hard drive and other storage devices. In this case, you can own the Angelina Jolie Netflix DVD/Blu-ray forever in the form of duplicates. Below lists the specific guide to instruct you how to rip and backup Angelina Jolie Netflix DVD/Blu-ray to storage devices.

To reach the above goal, a DVD Ripper is a necessity. Pavtube BDMagic (review) is a top-ranked DVD Ripper in this field. Its key features are shown as below:

  • With decent decrypting capability of removing CSS Copy-protections and DVD region codes including the latest Netflix DVD discs
  • Rip Netflix DVD to H.265, M3U8, MP4, AVI, WMV, MOV, MPEG, FLV, 3GP, FLAC, MP3  and other video/audio formats
  • Has optimized preset for iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android Phone/Tablet, Microsoft, TV, etc while converting Netflix DVD
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Learn: Copy Netflix DVD/Blu-ray on Mac

Step 1. Load Netflix Angelina Jolie DVD/Blu-ray movie

Click “File” > “Load from disc” to load Netflix Angelina Jolie DVD/Blu-ray movie.

Step 2. Choose MP4 as output

The playback devices like iPads, laptops, smart TVs, game consoles, Apple TV, smartphones and tablets support playback MP4 video files. So you can target MP4 as output from DVD movies. Click the format bar to follow “HD Video” > “H.264 HD Video (*.mp4).”

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Tip 2. The unique ability that this DVD ripper has is that it can rip both DVD and Blu-ray sources with multiple audio and subtitle tracks, chapter markers preserved. For instance, you can rip DVDs to multi-track MKV for playback with the VLC player.

Step 3. Rip Netflix Angelina Jolie DVD/Blu-ray to MP4

Hit the “Convert” button to start ripping Netflix Angelina Jolie DVD/Blu-ray movies to MP4 format for free.

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Share DVD & DVD Drives Over the Network on Windows 

From ultrabooks to netbooks, computers are shedding their optical drives. If you still use an occasional CD or DVD, you don’t have to buy an external optical drive –  you can share another computer’s optical drive over the network.

The two computers must be on the same local network to share an optical drive. This requires using the Advanced Sharing settings in Windows – there’s no easy, HomeGroup-style way of doing this.

Sharing a Drive

First, open the Computer window (click Start and select Computer) on the computer with the optical drive.

Right-click the drive you want to share, point to Share with and select Advanced Sharing

Click the Advanced Sharing button in the properties window that appears.

In the next window, enable the Share this folder checkbox. Type a descriptive name – such as “CD Drive” – for the share, and then click the Permissions button.

Ensure that the Everyone group has Read access to the drive. If you require additional security – for example, if you’re not using a home network — you can restrict access to specific users. Click OK to save your changes after configuring the permissions.

You may want to disable password-protected sharing to make this easier, assuming you’re on a secure home network. To do so, click the Network and Sharing Center link under Password Protection.

Click the Home or Work header, scroll down, and select Turn off password protected sharing to disable it. Click the Save changes button after you’re done.

After you click the OK button, your drive will be shared on the network. You’ll see its address under Network Path in the properties window.

An icon over the drive indicates that it’s shared. To stop sharing the drive later, go back into its Advanced Sharing window and uncheck the Share this folder checkbox.

Mapping a Drive

On your other computer, open Windows Explorer and click the Network option to view your network.

Browse to the share you created, then right-click it and select Map network drive.

You can specify a drive letter for the shared optical drive and have it automatically become mapped each time you log in.

The mapped drive will appear as its own drive letter in the My Computer window. Double-click the drive, or navigate to it in any application, to access its contents over the network.

Src: http://www.howtogeek.com/114254/how-to-share-cd-dvd-drives-over-the-network-on-windows/

Share DVD Movies to Devices/PC Over Network with One DVD Drive

You also can copy DVD to hard drive on PC with DVD Drive and DVD Ripper. Then put the DVD backup onto sharing folder of Plex or NAS, Cloud Storage. Afterwards, you can play DVD movies on your PC, Tablet, Laptop, Netbook, NoteBook, iPad, iPhone, Samsung Galaxy Note 7, PS4, Xbox One S, PS4 Pro, etc.

Now saying copy DVDs to hard drive, using DVD rip software is the best way to put DVDs to computer. Then we need to think about the question – how to rip DVDs to hard drive with DVD ripping software? Here we’d like to take Pavtube BDMagic for example to introduce the steps.

Pavtube BDMagic is a top-ranked DVD ripping software that facilitates ripping the content of a DVD to computer hard drive and converting to other popular video formats, such as rip DVD to MP4AVIWMVFLV, MOVMPEG1/2, etc.

It offers powerful yet easy-to-use functions, excellent video/audio quality, and fast ripping speed. This DVD ripping software also has the ability to decrypt DVDs, remove copy preventions, and make disks unrestricted and region-free.

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1. Insert DVD disc into DVD drive or get DVD folder/ISO file ready. Launch Pavtube BDMagic and then click the “Files” button to import source DVD movies.

2. Click the drop-down box of “Format” button and then select option to set a profile as output format. You could edit output profile as you player.

3.Click the big “Convert” button and then set output directory to save final converted DVD files. After that, click the bottom “Convert” button to start converting.

After the conversion, you can put the DVD rips onto Plex sharing folder or save DVD on NAS to share your DVD movies over Network.

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Top 10 Audio Converter for macOS Sierra/El Capitan

Audio Converters are the perfect solution for casual listeners and hardcore audiophiles alike. Solve compatibility issues between your music and your media player so you don’t have to stop rocking to your favorite tunes. There are many audio converters in the market. But which one is the best audio converter for you? Here, the article gathered top 10 audio converter for macOS Sierra/El Capitan for you to convert audio files on Mac.

Top 10 Audio Converter for macOS Sierra/El Capitan

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Pavtube iMedia Converter for Mac comes to break the embarrass situation by converting a variety of audios to iTunes and iMovie understandable, portable media player readable and editing software importable audio formats, it can export audio to aac, ac3,aiff,amr,flac,m4a,mka,mp2,mp3,wav,wma. Audio converter for Mac is a Mac friendly audio to audio and video to audio converter app while features a powerful editing capability. Trim video/audio, crop video and batch conversion are all supported.

Best osx Audio format Converter for Apple Macintosh:

  1. Input and output Audior format on mac:
    Audio can be imported on osx: 
    mp3, mka, wav, m4a, m4v, aac, ac3, aiff, amr, flac, wma, mp2;

    Audio can be exported on os x: 
    aac, ac3, aiff, amr, flac, m4a, mka, mp2, mp3, wav, wma; Videos audio can be extracted from: mpg, flv, avi, dv, wmv, mp4,3gp, 3g2, mov, vob, asf, rm, rmvb, mkv;

  2. Support a variety of portable Mac media player

    • Blackberry:
      Blackberry Bold, Blackberry curve, Blackberry Pearl and Blackberry Storm;
    • iPhone, Creative Zen, PSP, Apple TV;
    • iPod:
      IPod Video Nano, iPod Touch, iPod Shuffle, iPod classic;

    • Import & Export audio in any format that compatible with:
      QuickTime, iTunes, iMovie, Final Cut Pro and many other editing software programs;

  3. Further fine tuning of parameters
    Audio: Bitrate, Sample rate, Channels for output auido files;
    Trim the lengthen of audio clip with few mouse clicks;
  4. Fully compatible with Mac OS X 10.12 macOS Sierra, Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan, Mac OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.9 Mavericks, 10.8 Mountain Lion, 10.7 Lion, 10.6 Snow Leopard, 10.5 Leopard. 

how to Convert audio files on Mac osx Sierra, Yosemite?

  1. Click Add File on the top menu to load Video or Audio for mac audio conversion

  2. Click  Format profile pull down list to Select output Audio format

  3. Click Convert Button at the bottom of the Window to start mac audio conversion
    Ok, we have already finished the whole process of converting audio files to mac audio format. Now, You will experience a new lifestyle. Just Free download and enjoy it.

  4. Click Open button to find the converted audio files.

Best Audio Converter

# Top 2 Audio Converter

ffmpegX is probably the fastest and flexible video and audio encoder for Mac. It can convert just about anything and also includes a rather basic but useful media player so you can preview your converted audio.

# Top 3 Audio Converter

Switch has the advantage of being dedicated to audio conversions and allows you to quickly batch convert audio tracks. It has a huge number of output formats including MP3, WMA and AAC.

# Top 4 Audio Converter

All2MP3 is dedicated specifically to MP3 conversions and uses AppleScript to perform fast and efficient conversions. It’s easy to use thanks to a simple drag and drop interface and all you have to do is click on the All2MP3 button to start converting.

# Top 5 Audio Converter

Kigo Video Converter is designed mainly for video conversion but is also suitable for MP3 needs. It’s especially designed with the needs of iPods, iPhones, Archos and other major portable audio devices in mind.

The pre-defined settings for each device are one of the stand-out features of Kigo Video Converter because it saves so much hassle setting bitrates.

# Top 6 Audio Converter

MediaHuman Audio Converter is a freeware application for Mac OS X and Windows. It can help you to convert your music absolutely free to WMA, MP3, AAC, WAV, FLAC, OGG, AIFF, Apple Lossless format and bunch of others.

# Top 7 Audio Converter:

With Movavi audio converter for Mac OS X, you can forget about incompatibility problems forever. Convert audio files between AAC, FLAC, MP3, M4A, APE, OGG, WAV, WMA, and other audio formats. You can even transfer uncommon file types to MP3 so they’re fully compatible with any platform.

# Top 8 Audio Converter

HandBrake is another popular audio and video converter that includes handy bitrate calculator for controlling the quality of the converted MP3. It has both Windows version and Mac version. It is a free open source application for converting DVDs to MPEG. It also enables you to perform two-pass conversions and codification of double soundtrack.

# Top 9 Audio Converter

King Video Converter(Mac) is made solely for converting video formats, but also supports MP3 needs. It is designed for the needs of iPhones, iPods, Archos and other portable devices. This can saves you from so much hassle in setting bitrates. It is also ideal for YouTube conversion because it can automatically download the content of YouTube.

# Top 10 Audio Converter

Total Audio Converter can easily convert almost any audio to WAV, MP3, OGG, WMA, APE, FLAC, MP4, AAC, MPC. A convenient batch option is available. It supports WAV, AAC, FLAC, OGG, OFR, MP4, MPC, APE, and 24 other audio formats.