How to Play Downloaded Movies

by Amanda Kondolojy

When you download a movie or video clip from the Internet, the first thing you are going to want to do with it is play it back. Playing back video on your computer is fairly easy, and you'll only need the most basic of software.

Decide what kind of file the downloaded movie file is by right-clicking on it and selecting "Properties". Next to "Type of file," you will see what kind it is. Make a note of this.

If the file is .Avi, .Wmv, or an MPEF of any sort, you will be able to use Windows Media Player. Simply open the media player by going to the Start menu and selecting it from the program list. Then open the file you want by going to the file menu and then selecting "Open". Highlight the file you intend to open and press the OK button. Your movie should begin playing momentarily.

If the file uses a Matroska or OGG container, you will need to download Media Player Classic. This player is freeware and natively plays these formats as well as all the other ones supported by Windows Media Player.


  • check You may need to download additional codecs to ensure total compatibility with all video files.The K-Lite Codec Pack is an all-in-one codec pack that will allow you to view less traditional file types such as .flac, .mpc, and .amv.

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