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World of Warcraft: Cataclysm removed the original trailer videos from the

\Data\Interface\Cinematics

and replaced them with a single

\Data\Interface\Cinematics\WoW3X_Intro_1280.avi

How do i play this video file1?

The video is 1280x720, compressed with PMVX ({30355844-0000-0010-8000-00AA00389B71}).


Footnotes

1 Outside of World of Warcraft

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The .avi file contains a media type I am unfamiliar with: "PMVX", according to VLC media player. I could not open this file in any of the video formats mentioned below:

I do, however, have other copies of these in a different installation folder. Instead of:

C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Data\Interface\Cinematics

as you have mentioned, have you tried you installation language folder? For me this is enGB:

C:\Program Files\World of Warcraft\Data\enGB\Interface\Cinematics

Within this folder, I have each intro in 800 and 1024, as well as the Wrathgate cutscene, which I believe covers what you were looking for.

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Just because it has an extension .avi does not mean it's an .avi file. –  Viper_Sb Sep 20 '11 at 14:08
    
@Viper_Sb, You turned out to be right in the end, it is not an .avi file of the kind I am familiar with. –  staticbeast Sep 20 '11 at 18:44
    
This answer helps me, although won't help anyone joining since Cataclysm - or anyone looking to access the Cataclysm trailers. The localized cinematics (e.g. enUS, enGB) folder seems to be leftover from earlier versions. In my case i was really only interested in vanilla and Wrath trailers. And although my question still stands (i.e. how to play PMVX files), and it's something i'd still need: i have the answer i need for now. Accepted. –  Ian Boyd Sep 20 '11 at 20:37

Various World of Warcraft cinematics are available to view on the WorldofWarcraft Youtube Channel.

This of course does not answer your direct question on how to view the files that are part of the installation, but does allow you to watch the cinematics outside of WoW.

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Well we know the format is coded differently then the others, best I could come up with for the abbreviations is (Moving Picture Experts Group Video Xclusive) or (Movie Picture Video Xclusive) Which doesn't make since since Xclusive actually starts with an E. Im thinking it might be a compressed file.

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