K12 Keynote: How to Open and Play an MP4 file.

OK. It has taken me two days to download and to get my computer to open David Warlick's Keynote for the Online K12 Conference. I have almost given up, but finally figured it out!

Windows Media Player nor Real player nor QuickTime will view MP4 files without a codec installed. A Codec is like a translation service.

So, here is how you do that. (It took me 30 minutes to figure it out.)

1 – Go to http://www.free-codecs.net/FFDShow_download.htm
2 – Download the FFDShow program and go with the defaults. (Unless you have a video editor and know what you're doing.)
3 – Extract and Install the program which will install the codec.
4 – Open your preferred video player and then Go to File –> Open and Open up David's Movie that you have already downloaded onto your computer!

This should do it! I will also say that I had to try to download the presentation at least three times, but it just downloaded lickety split for me a moment a go.

I hope you enjoy it and I'm about to grade and listen to Dave!

I'm sure there is an easier way to do this and if you have it, let me know. I have to work at it!

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Vicki Davis is a full-time classroom teacher and IT Director in Georgia, USA. She is Mom of three, wife of one, and loves talking about the wise, transformational use of technology for teaching and doing good in the world. She hosts the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast which interviews teachers around the world about remarkable classroom practices to inspire and help teachers. Vicki focuses on what unites us -- a quest for truly remarkable life-changing teaching and learning. The goal of her work is to provide actionable, encouraging, relevant ideas for teachers that are grounded in the truth and shared with love. Vicki has been teaching since 2002 and blogging since 2005. Vicki has spoken around the world to inspire and help teachers reach their students. She is passionate about helping every child find purpose, passion, and meaning in life with a lifelong commitment to the joy and responsibility of learning. If you talk to Vicki for very long, she will encourage you to "Relate to Educate" or "innovate like a turtle" or to be "a remarkable teacher." She loves to talk to teachers who love their students and are trying to do their best. Twitter is her favorite place to share and she loves to make homemade sourdough bread and cinnamon rolls and enjoys running half marathons with her sisters. You can usually find her laughing with her students or digging into a book.

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8 comments

D'Arcy October 17, 2006 - 8:01 pm

Quicktime 7 on MacOSX opened the keynote just fine for me with no added software required.

gregcarroll October 17, 2006 - 8:13 pm

plays fine on a Mac … but we mac users sometimes have trouble playing imbedded media files from websites too where the assumptoin is you have a pc (and associated software versions).
Swings and roundabouts I suppose

Neil Winton October 17, 2006 - 8:16 pm

It will play fine in QuickTime 7 on XP. The other really easy option is to drag it into iTunes. Both of these wil give you access to all David has to say! (And trust him to set the bar so high with the first keynote!)

teacher dude October 17, 2006 - 8:02 pm

Thanks for the tip. I had the same problem trying to play downloads from TedTalks.

C. Nelson October 18, 2006 - 3:10 am

I too initially experienced problems. But i quickly surfed to find a free download to play it. But later one of my more techy friends informed me that if I’d just click on the link and allow it to load fully, it would play in IE. Being the PC kind of girl I am, my problem was that i wanted instant gratification. So the downloaded viewer allowed me to watch almost as soon as it was posted, BUT when my friend gave me his pearl of wisdom, I did find that if i’d have patiently wait, it would eventually play in IE just like he said.

Dean Shareski October 18, 2006 - 4:43 am

Another great option is the VLC player which plays everything.
http://www.videolan.org/

Nice of you to recognize not all may be able to play the .mp4 format. Not sure if you need the latest Quicktime or not but nice to know there are alternatives

Vicki A. Davis October 18, 2006 - 4:45 am

Actually, I found out I had Quicktime 6.5. Although I went to update Quicktime, it only patches the 6.5 version, IT DOES NOT UPGRADE to Version 7. You have to go out and download it.

I’m now wondering about my file. I produced it as a wmv. Perhaps I need to have alternative formats!

Emma October 18, 2006 - 3:20 pm

I like Media Player Classic – also from Free-Codecs.com – and then installing the “K-lite Mega Codec” pack – which means that you can play just about every format under the sun in the same player. Which makes life easier – rather like the Videolan that someone else mentioned.

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