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AVIs as Immovable Objects?
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Old Jul 28, 2008, 05:52 PM Local time: Jul 28, 2008, 03:52 PM #1 of 2
AVIs as Immovable Objects?

I've got myself a bit of trouble I'm hoping someone might have encountered before. Very rarely, I find an avi file that doesn't want to behave. Once I load it onto my computer, it consistently crashes my WMP every time I try playing it, and all attempts to move, delete, or rename it are met with the "This action can't be completed because the file is open in another program" error. Essentially, the file becomes an immovable object.

I've gathered, from searching around, that the problem has something to do with a codec not meshing with whatever quirk the file has, resulting in the thumbnail-generating program going awry.

Has anyone else run into this kind of problem before? And if so, have you managed to track down which specific codec is the cuplrit? I can think of one solution, but I'd rather do a precision strike than a clean sweep if I can help it. Many thanks in advance!

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Old Jul 28, 2008, 06:09 PM Local time: Jul 29, 2008, 07:09 AM #2 of 2
Have you tried to open it in Virtualdub? Maybe some chunks are missing, which causes playback problems. If you have no way of getting another AVI just like that, and want to recover as much as you can, try a direct stream copy of both audio and video streams into a new AVI.

As for your codec question, you can find out for yourself with GSpot Information Appliance.

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