MP3 without QuickTime on Windows

Lynch, Jonathan BNZ2 at CDC.GOV
Mon Feb 7 12:28:53 EST 2005

This is perhaps an ignorant question - but I never hesitate to embarrass
myself publicly...

If a multimedia developer was going to create a Rev based app, with
video, audio, etc... Is it truly necessary to depend on the user having
QT or WMP installed?  Would it be possible to store the entire QT
application as a compressed custom property in a stack. When the program
runs, it could look to see if QT is in the same folder as the program -
if it isn't, then it could uncompress QT, write it to an executable
file, and then use it as needed.

Would that work?

-----Original Message-----
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[mailto:use-revolution-bounces at] On Behalf Of Scott
Sent: Monday, February 07, 2005 11:58 AM
To: How to use Revolution
Subject: Re: MP3 without QuickTime on Windows

Recently, Ben Rubinstein wrote:

> In my trivial test (set the filename of a player to the path to the
> file; start the player) this isn't working, with a standalone on a
> running Windows XPembedded, without QuickTime or Windows Media Player.
> Also possibly worth noting, on the XPe machine I can play wav files
> in the standalone as an audio clip (but not external wav files through
> player).  
> I have limited opportunities to investigate on the target platform
> we're extremely tight on space on the boot disk).
> Do I need to do something special in the way I build the standalone?
Or is
> it that on Windows you don't need QuickTime - but only providing you
do have
> Windows Media?  I have tried running the same test on a PC running a
> standard installation of XP, from which I'd removed QuickTime (fully,
as far
> as I can tell) and indeed was able to play an MP3 file, with a
> display glitch where the controller/player should have been.
> So what counts as the minimum installation to play MP3 in this way?
Or in
> fact any external audio file?  (Is there another way to play external
> files without using a player object?)

You need to have *some* kind of multimedia support on the system, which
usually Windows Media Player if not QuickTime.  The only other way you
do it is to hand off playback to some other app that is capable of
MP3s.  But you may wind up with little to no control over playback and
WMP is not on the system you may not have success at all.

The simple way to test if MP3s will work on the system is to double
click an
MP3 file and see if it plays.  If it does, determine what app is playing
and see if you can use the launch/open process or shell commands to
launching of the file in the app (again, you may not be able to have any
control over playback if you go this route).

As you discovered, Rev is natively capable of playing WAVs, AU and AIFF
files, but not MP3s.

In my experience, if you want to use a player in Rev, you really need to
have QT or WMP installed, but perhaps someone else knows differently.


Scott Rossi
Creative Director
Tactile Media, Development & Design
E: scott at

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