As I was sending a friend of mine a video today of her actions last night, she was unable to open it. This is a problem. So, here is the solution:

1. Get the K-Lite Codec Pack 3.01 FULL. Codecs are the things that decode a media stream, so that you can play it on your computer. And with all the video formats available (like .avi, .mpg, .wmv, etc…), it’s crucial to have a good pack of codecs available. So this is the one I recommend.

2. Be sure you have the latest version of Media Player Classic. If you’re not sure which to download, be a lemming and follow the group (aka, download the one with the highest number of downloads!).

3. Restart your computer. Then, open the file with Media Player Classic. Or you can also open Media Player Classic and then open the file. Whichever, whatever.

So, with those three steps, you should be able to open and play practically every video you download via p2p software and every video anyone sends you from their digital camera. Of course, you could always create a YouTube account and upload it there, but if it’s a “delicate” video, that could cause more problems.

And @Kelly: Take video!