June 9, 2010 | by Andrew Kameka
If there’s one thing universally despised about video, it’s the fact that the tech industry refuses to adopt a standard. Users are constantly forced to deal with codecs being unsupported in one program, and entire formats being unusable on some devices. The latest proof of this point is the HTC EVO 4G.
Videos recorded on the HTC EVO – and other phones from HTC, LG, and Nokia – cannot play on computers that lack the SAMR codec. I first noticed this problem when I tried to play videos recorded on the HTC EVO 4G; I could see images but not hear audio. Searching for a way to solve this led me to HTC Desire and Nokia users reporting the same issue, all saying that they got error messages related to the SAMR codec.
The problem is that SAMR is a proprietary codec and seems to only be accessible if QuickTime is installed on your computer, or if you do some fancy compiling to decode the audio into another format. Sadly, I do everything that I can to avoid using QuickTime and don’t want to take lengthy steps to convert video into a suitable format. I searched for a way to download just the SAMR codec from a trustworthy site and use it to play in Windows Media Player or VLC, but that’s a no-go. (If you’re aware of a way, please speak up). Installing the Windows Essential Media Codec pack didn’t come through for me either, but you can download it and cross your fingers
On the plus side, smartphones can upload directly to YouTube for video sharing. But that doesn’t help people who want to store and play files directly on the computer. Anyone unable to hear sound in video recorded with a smartphone will probably have to install QuickTime. Rats!