Marin County Free Library — Technical Services

Media Players installed on MCFL's public computers
Link to page for testing media players

1. Media Players that are part of Windows XP or 2000

  • Internet Explorer (under Public Web Browser) will open
    • .gif, .jpg and .png graphics files (inside of web pages or singly)
    • .bmp ("bitmap") files will open singly

  • Windows Media Player will open many other audio/video file types, including
    • Windows Media Audio File (.wma)
    • Windows Media Video File (.wmv)
    • Windows Media File (.asf)
    • Music CD Playback (.cda)
    • MP3 Audio File (.mp3)
    • Windows Video File (.avi)
    • Windows Audio File (.wav)
    • Movie File (.mpeg)
    • MIDI File (.midi)
    • AIFF Audio File (.aiff)
    • AU Audio File (.au)

2. Media Players that we add to computers

  • Microsoft Office (Word, Powerpoint, Excel)
    • Will open .doc, .xls, .ppt and other variants used by these programs
    • Generally opens the office document within the browser window
    • Only installed on Internet PCs, not on WebPACs

  • Adobe Reader will open
    • .pdf (Portable Document Format) documents, as read-only
    • Some e-books, and other 3D or multimedia content if embedded within a .pdf (these abilities are changing with each new version)

  • Quicktime (now part of I-Tunes) will open
    • .mov or Quicktime Movie Files
    • Some Quicktime 3D presentations within webpages

  • Macromedia Flash and Shockwave will open
    • Many Flash applets, banners, cartoons or animated buttons within web pages
    • .swf Shockwave files (like small movies, animated or otherwise), which can be run within a browser window

  • Real Audio Player will open
    .ra or .ram Real Audio streaming audio or audio/video presentations


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Last modified July 13, 2005 dtm