After I read that Microsoft quietly discontinued support for Windows Media on Mac OS X, I didnâ€™t know what to make of it. Just another free app for the Mac that Microsoft is discontinuingâ€”guess MSN Messenger is next on the chopping block.
As a consunmer, it reminded me that I needed to install a Windows Media Player solution on my computer again, as it begins its arduous recovery from a drive failure. At work, many people zip around video and given the platform predelictions here, many times that video is something in Windows Media. Well, I guess that leaves out Windows Media Player X 9.0.
Now normally I would download the latest MPlayer or VideoLAN Client to do this, but that always seemed a kludge. Oh, they have their uses, but I mostly Iâ€™m talking about a one-trick WMV playback-pony. Luckily, the article pointed out a solution I had bookmarked and forgotten about: Flip4Mac WMV.
Imagine my surprise when I found out that the $10 shareware fee is only for importing, saving, and encoding. Itâ€™s free for playback within Quicktime and as a internet plugin. Score!
As you can see below, I â€œbelieveâ€ it worked like a champ:
Another fringe benefit of this is that I noticed I no longer have to use ffmpegX to translate the movies generated by Caitlinâ€™s Casio EX-Z750 so that they can be viewed in QuickTime. Try it yourself!
(Even though nominally Casio and Pentax are using MPEG-4 for movies, it is for the video codec only, and a Microsoft bastardization at that. The audio is Microsoftâ€™s version of the ancient IMA codec and the interleaving is done in AVI. Ick!)