Picasa video file playback

Rule of thumb: In most instances, if your video file does not play in Windows Media Player or Quicktime, it will not play in Picasa. This means your computer does not have the correct video software or codecs to play back the video.

Picasa and Windows Media Player both use the available software and codecs on your computer to play video files. This table represents the video files that Picasa for Windows will accept. Use the table to determine the software you'll need to install on your computer to play the video file. If you're having trouble playing back video in Picasa, please try the entire list of video troubleshooting steps.

Supported Video File Extensions (Container Format) Video Type(s) Software Needed to Play Back the Video Type in Picasa
.mpg MPEG-1, MPEG-2* MPEG-1: Built-in Windows Support.
MPEG-2: DVD playback software (PowerDVD, WinDVD) or Video editing software that supports MPEG-2 video (Adobe Premier Elements, Ulead Video Studio, etc.)
.mod MPEG-2 (for JVC Standard-Definition camcorders) DVD playback software (PowerDVD, WinDVD) or Video editing software that supports MPEG-2 video (Adobe Premier Elements, Ulead Video Studio, etc.)
.mmv MPEG-2 (for Sony's miniDV Standard-Definition Camcorders)* WinDVD, PowerDVD, Roxio or Video Editing Software that supports MPEG-2 video. Some Sony VAIO computers may have built-in support.
.tod MPEG-2 HD. (Used in JVC's High-Definition Camcorders) DVD playback software (PowerDVD, WinDVD) or video editing software that supports MPEG-2 video (Adobe Premier Elements, Ulead Video Studio, etc.)
.wmv Windows Media Video, Windows Media Video HD, Windows Media Video HD VC-1 Windows Media Video: Built-in Windows Support.
Windows Media Video HD: Windows Media Player 9 and above.
Windows Media Video HD VC-1: Windows Media Player 9 and above.
.asf Advanced System Format (or Advanced Streaming Format) Built-in Windows Support
.avi Motion JPEG (mjpeg), Microsoft AVI, DivX (MPEG-4)* Motion JPEG: Built-in Windows Support
Microsoft AVI: Built-in Windows Support
Divx: http://www.divx.com

 

.divx DivX (MPEG-4)* DivX: http://www.divx.com
.mov QuickTime*, QuickTime HD* Apple Quicktime: http://www.quicktime.com
.m4v MPEG-4 iPod video* Apple Quicktime: http://www.quicktime.com
.3gp 3GPP MPEG-4 for GSM-based Phones* Apple Quicktime: http://www.quicktime.com
.3g2 3GPP2 MPEG-4 for CDMA-based Phones* Apple Quicktime: http://www.quicktime.com
.mp4 MPEG-4*, MPEG-4 HD (AVCHD-H.264: Used in HD cameras from Sanyo and others.)* Apple Quicktime: http://www.quicktime.com
.m2t High-Definition Video (HDV) MPEG-2 (Used in 1st and 2nd generation HD camcorders)* WinDVD, PowerDVD, Roxio or Video Editing Software that supports MPEG-2 video.
.m2ts MPEG-4 HD (AVCHD-H.264: Used in Sony's 1st-generation HD Camcorders.)** Support is somewhat limited. There's not much support for AVCHD via DirectShow, unless you download codec packs, such as K-Lite.
.mts MPEG-4 HD (AVCHD-H.264: Used in various "current-generation" HD Camcorders from manufacturers such as Sony and Canon.)** Support is somewhat limited. There's not much support for AVCHD via DirectShow, unless you download codec packs, such as K-Lite.
.mkv Matroska Multimedia Container* DivX: http://www.divx.com
*Please note that there is no playback support for Quicktime, MPEG-2, DivX, Matroska, and AVCHD Video by default in Windows XP and Vista. You can download free software for Quicktime, MPEG-2, DivX, Matroska, and AVCHD using the resources listed above. Although there is playback support in Windows 7 via Windows Media Player, Picasa currently does not support these video types until compatible codecs are installed.

Picasa will not detect and playback video files with the following extensions:
  • .rm, .ram - Real Media
  • .dvr-ms - Windows Media DVR MPEG-2 video
  • .vob - MPEG-2 Video Object (Retail DVD standard container)
  • .flv - Flash video
  • .ogg - Video Open Standard commonly containing Theora (video) and Vorbis (audio) layers