codecs

How do I make a video file smaller?

Handbrake

Episode 1564

David from Los Angeles, CA

David wants to upload videos to Facebook, but the files are too big. How can he make them smaller? Leo says that all video is compressed, and it's just a matter of increasing the compression to make the file smaller to play back on the internet. He can use a codec to do that. He'll want to upload the best quality that Facebook will take. Here are Facebook's requirements.

Then, Leo recommends using Handbrake to do the compression.

Why is file transfer so slow on my iPhone?

Apple MacBook Pro

Episode 1525

Anthony from Chicago, IL

Anthony is a professional photographer and he's trying to transfer his images and videos from his old iPhone to the new iPhone through his computer. But it's taking forever. Rich says what's likely happening is that it's converting files from the HEIC codec as it transfers. Anthony should go into his settings for image capture and check "keep originals." That should speed things up, especially with video.

Why can't I stream YouTube through Firefox?

Firefox logo

Episode 1439

JP from Belgium

JP just bought a new computer workstation, but Firefox no longer streams live via YouTube. Leo says that it could be that there isn't support for HTML 5 because there's no standard for streaming video. The browser gets to decide what codec to use and Firefox might not support that codec since it may be proprietary. Leo recommends trying Google Chrome.

The chatroom says that JP may have IGPU enabled in his BIOS. Disabling it should free it up. Here's a video on YouTube about it.

Why can't my computer play back a video?

VLC

Episode 1391

David from San Bernadino, CA

David got a new laptop and now he's having trouble inserting videos into power point presentations that he's built. Leo says David probably needs to have the right codec for those videos. It keeps looking for them.

He should download and install VLC Media Client. That will install all the codecs David is missing. KLite Codec Pack from Codec Guide is another option, but he should try VLC first.

Why can't Windows play my videos?

Episode 1304

Ron from Arcadia, CA

Ron has Windows Media Player and he has videos taking from an old pocket camcorder. Now Windows Media Player won't play the videos anymore. Leo says that Ron is probably in "codec hell," meaning that the avi file needs a codec that Windows doesn't have it. The Camera probably uses a strange codec that Windows 10 probably deleted along with Windows Media Player. And even though you restored it, the codecs are all gone. Leo recommends trying to play it with VideoLanClient instead.

Why can't people play the videos I shoot with my iPhone?

iOS 8

Episode 1156

Amy from Newport Beach, CA

Amy is having trouble sending videos to Android with her iPhone 6. Leo says the problem is likely with AT&T and it should be fixable. Text messages are handled with SMS, while video and photos are sent via MMS, or through Apple's Message. So it's likely Amy's MMS is misconfigured. Leo says to talk to a genius at the Apple Store and ask them to fix it.

Why can't I play video on my PC running Windows XP?

VLC

Episode 1059

John from Van Nuys, CA

John has a PC that runs Windows XP and he can't view videos that are sent to him through email. Leo says that it's likely a codec issue. He recommends downloading VLC Media Player. It can play pretty much anything. But the real problem is that after April 8th, Microsoft will stop supporting and updating Windows XP with security patches. So John's computer will be vulnerable to attacks. Leo says that's a cause for worry and John should take it off the Internet before April 8.

How do I play black videos from my Canon camera on my smartphone?

Canon 1DX

Episode 999

Gary from Laguna Nigel, CA

Gary got a smartphone and he now has a lot of images and video clips. but he can't get the videos that he shot with his Canon 1Dx to play. Leo says it may be a playback codec. The videos are in a format that the phone can't play back. Leo says to look on Google Play. MX Player and VLC are recommended by the chatroom. Leo also says if he saves the videos at a lower bitrate, that may help as well.

I have a blu-ray player for my PC, but why won't it play my blu-ray discs?

Episode 950

Aaron B from Mesa, Az

Aaron B bought a blu-ray player for his PC, but he can't watch his blu-ray discs on his computer because of a missing codec. He will need a DVD player utility that will handle blu-rays. VLC player will play it, but he may need to download codecs. Check out Slysoft. POWER DVD by Cyberlink is probably the best one, though.