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Answers to some common problems people encounter with VLC. More help is available in the

Problems playing files

WMV files

  • The latest versions of WMV video (known as wmv3) are not supported by VLC. However, on some Windows systems they can still be played as VLC will attempt to decode the files using software included with Windows.

Real Media files

  • Realmedia files (.rm, .rpm, etc) are proprietor (ie, copyrighted) file formats, created by RealNetworks. Because of this, VLC can't support them at present.

Problems converting between file formats

Missing Audio and/or Video

  • Certain containers (aka muxers) can only hold certain types of video and audio - look at Streaming features