I have XP, and I want to use windows movie maker (XP version), WITHOUT having these recurring codec problems.
That's all I want to do!
Everything runs fine for months, then (it seems) suddenly things do not run well. Video I import into WMM does not run fine (2ble time, and/or not synched with audio).
The CAUSE of these occasional problems seems to be installing some new video related program. In this case, I think the culprit is realplayer.
I am in the process of trying to uninstall it.
But in the mean time, the entire "codec" thing seems to be a total MYSTERY to me!!
What ARE they? What are the "correct" settings to use (checkboxes within WMM)? Why should the settings be CORRECT (everything works fine), then install a program that is ***NOT*** connected with WMM, then things do not run correctly in WMM???
Then there seems to be NO WAY to "set" the codecs (checkboxes) within WMM to make it run correctly -- so the only "solution" is to uninstall the new program (realplayer), then it will all run fine again.
I don't see the connection AND I don't really understand WHAT codecs ARE, wy they are needed, and HOW they can be affected (apparently) by UNRELATED activities + programs!!
Very confusing + frustrating to me. I am TRYING to see the logic behind it all, and I cannot!