Will InqScribe play .MPEG-2 files on Windows?

We've heard from a few users experiencing difficulty with .MPEG-2 playback. Generally, if the file will play in QuickTime 7 or Windows Media Player 11, InqScribe will be able to play it.

In our testing, .MPEG-2 files play normally on Windows 7 with Windows Media Player 12. In these conditions, InqScribe will play .MPEG-2 files just fine.

However, we've experienced audio-only when playing .MPEG-2 files on Windows 8 with Windows Media Player 12. Since InqScribe relies on Windows Media Player (or QuickTime) as its underlying media player, it will mimic the playback you experience in your media player. So, if you're can't see any video using Windows Media Player 12, then you probably won't see any video in InqScribe.

Remember, you can always try out your media files in InqScribe by downloading it for free. This way, you can see for yourself whether or not InqScribe is the right tool for you.

Note that Windows users have the option of downloading and using QuickTime 7

(If you're a Mac user and you're having trouble playing .MPEG-2 files in InqScribe, please refer to this article.)


  1. Which media formats can InqScribe play?
  2. How do I change InqScribe's Preferred Media Player setting?
  3. Why are some play controls (including Shortcuts and Snippets) disabled?
  4. What should I do if my file is incompatible with InqScribe?
  5. Can InqScribe recognize embedded timecodes?
  6. QuickTime X can play MPEG-2 media, why can't InqScribe?
  7. Why am I getting the message "Unknown timecode frame rate: 29970/1000"?
  8. Can I play RealPlayer files?
  9. Can I play Windows Media files (.wmv and .wma) in InqScribe?
  10. Can I use the space bar to start and stop video?
  11. Can InqScribe play video from a DVD?
  12. Can InqScribe play YouTube videos?
  13. How can I share media files via the web with other InqScribe users?
  14. How can I use Flash (.flv) movies with InqScribe?
  15. I can hear my audio but no video is playing. Why?
  16. I have a file with a timecode in one channel and audio in the other (LTC). Can InqScribe detect the timecode?
  17. Why are there red flashes in my video?
  18. Where can I download QuickTime for free?
  19. Why do I keep getting a "Cannot find media file" error?
  20. Why doesn't my timecode match the movie?
  21. Why is InqScribe freezing or skipping when I play video or audio?
  22. Why is InqScribe not recognizing the full length of my media file?
  23. How can I convert my .wmv to .mov?
  24. Windows Media Player or QuickTime will play my media, but InqScribe won't. Why?
  25. What do InqScribe's future updates mean for me?
  26. How do I convert my mp3 file to a WAV file?
  27. Will InqScribe play .MTS files?
  28. Will InqScribe play .MPEG-2 files on Windows?
  29. What is a codec? What is a container? Why is my media incompatible?

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