I am running Windows XP and I am using an up-to-date version of Windows
Media Player 11. I have a video file which I received from a friend about
three or four years ago now. I have played it and viewed it many times in
the past using Windows Media Player with no problems at all. I guess it has
been a little while since I've played it now, because when I went to open it
yesterday, Windows Media Player pops out an error message saying that "A
Codec is reguired to play this file..."
I now know what a codec is, but I have no idea how to get a hold of this
particular codec so that I can start viewing this video once again. I don't
even know how to go about searching for it online because I don't know what
to look for. I have also read that you need to be careful when downloading
codecs because if they are not from a good/trustable source, it could wreak
havoc on your computer. So I am concerned about this as well.
Is there somewhere online where I can download the specific codec that this
video file needs without doing harm to my computer?