A .AX, or DirectShow Filter, file is used by programs related to the playback of videos on the Windows platform. It is associated with the idea of processing various video streams. The file format came about as a replacement for the “Video for Windows” format on the operating system. Its most significant features are the ability to encode and decode a video stream, compress and decompress video files, render videos, de-multiplex audio, and parse video files and may be used in the video recording, editing, and production process. At times, it is referred to as Quartz or is more generally known as the DirectShow Filter.
The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support AX files. AX files can be encountered on all system platforms, including mobile, yet there is no guarantee each will properly support such files.
Being unable to open files with AX extension can be have various origins. On the bright side, the most encountered issues pertaining to DirectShow Filter files aren’t complex. In most cases they can be addressed swiftly and effectively without assistance from a specialist. The list below will guide you through the process of addressing the encountered problem.
The most common reason for such problems is the lack of proper applications that supports AX files installed on the system. This one is an easy one. Select Windows Media Player or one of the recommended programs (for example, VLC media player, QuickTime Player, Video player) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. The full list of programs grouped by operating systems can be found above. One of the most risk-free method of downloading software is using links provided by official distributors. Visit Windows Media Player website and download the installer.
You still cannot access AX files although Windows Media Player is installed on your system? Make sure that the software is up to date. It may also happen that software creators by updating their applications add compatibility with other, newer file formats. If you have an older version of Windows Media Player installed, it may not support AX format. The latest version of Windows Media Player should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.
If the issue has not been solved in the previous step, you should associate AX files with latest version of Windows Media Player you have installed on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.
Change the default application in Windows
Change the default application in Mac OS
If you followed the instructions form the previous steps yet the issue is still not solved, you should verify the AX file in question. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.
If the file is infected, the malware that resides in the AX file hinders attempts to open it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. AX file is infected with malware? Follow the steps suggested by your antivirus software.
Did you receive the AX file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with AX extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.
Sometimes in order to access files user need to have administrative privileges. Log out of your current account and log in to an account with sufficient access privileges. Then open the DirectShow Filter file.
If the system is under havy load, it may not be able to handle the program that you use to open files with AX extension. In this case close the other applications.
Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with DirectShow Filter files. It may be the case that the AX files work properly with updated software that addresses some system bugs.
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