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    Default Anybody here on top of video formats?

    I've got some MOV files that aren't coded for QuickTime and I can't find a way to get them to open. Can't recall which camera I shot them with. Might have been Canon 30D or older Panasonic Lumix. The files are 5 years old, generally.
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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    Try Avidemux.

    What are you doing about it?




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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Orca View Post
    Try Avidemux.
    Didn't work.

    More ideas?
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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    Get VLC.... finest video player ever!

    https://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html
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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    Might need to convert to a different file format to play in VLC.

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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    Didn't work.

    More ideas?
    Rename as .mp4 and try again? (.mov is a variant of the .mp4 wrapper, or vice versa)

    What are you doing about it?




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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    If the files are under 100MB, the free version of Online Converter can convert them to any format you like: https://video.online-convert.com/convert-to-mp4

    For larger files, you can get a "day pass" for $5.00, or a monthly pass for $7.00.

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    No luck with VLC. More ideas?
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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    .mov is Apples quicktime..

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201290

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post
    .mov is Apples quicktime..

    https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201290
    True. Unfortunately I fear these files are corrupted. Nothing seems to open and run them.
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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    looking around, I see a ref to using mp3 codecs.. are those on your new system?

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    Default Re: Anybody here on top of video formats?

    if you use mplayer from a terminal, you can see what error messages are being generated.

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    Quite disappointed with VLC video player. It redirects the files from QT to itself without authorization, even when the files are corrupted.
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    Can you uploading them? If you can, I would be glad to see if my editing software could open and resave them for you.

    Also - Save one to google drive and see if native google software can read and play back.
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    Thanks for the offer, Ted. It turns out that somehow all the files i was having problems with were corrupted but the primary video backup drive (USB2) was not. Usually I put my video files on the primary video backup drive and then clone it to sections of my external drive (FW800) and the (offsite) backup of that.

    Figuring that the external drive and the primary video backup drive were identical, I found lots of files on the external drive (the faster one) which none of the many suggested converters would open. Since none of them would open the files, I concluded they were corrupted and spent most of today working through my DVD backup looking for the original mov captures and using them to restore the corrupted files.

    (Thank god for NeoFinder which creates a huge searchable database of every file on every medium automatically.)

    But there were quite a few files which weren't on the DVD backups and so, finally, as a last hope, I went to the primary video backup drive and discovered that all those files I'd so laboriously restored were not corrupted there after all.

    Now my brain is all screwed up because I have the same videos in a number of different compressions - .mov, .m4p, .mp4, .dv - all dating from the process of building little videos and then saving them for different display media (archival, computer, iPhone, vimeo, iTunes etc.) In addition many of them I just uploaded to youtube or FB without editing and I was trying to correlate all those uploads with all the files on the various drives. Just to find out what was permanently lost.

    Now I'm going to bed, because I haven't done the taxes yet, and guess what I get to do tomorrow.

    Sigh.
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    With very few exceptions if VLC can't play it, it can't be played.
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    Corrupted files on an apple computer??? How?!
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    Dunno. But i hope it wasn't Carbon Copy Cloner.
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    Good to hear you have it. You need to buy more portable storage with a thunderbolt -usb3. All content need to go there. upload what you simply love to cloud storge. Dump the DVDs ASAP if and when you do. The DVDs are not stable.

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    The DVDs which are 8 years old are doing quite fine. They're all Gold Verbatim.

    Hard drives fail.

    USB3 is not on the agenda until the next computer. All externals are FW 800 at this point. Moving forward is not in the budget at this time.

    I don't do the Cloud. It's not secure enough for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by elf View Post
    The DVDs which are 8 years old are doing quite fine. They're all Gold Verbatim.

    Hard drives fail.

    USB3 is not on the agenda until the next computer. All externals are FW 800 at this point. Moving forward is not in the budget at this time.

    I don't do the Cloud. It's not secure enough for me.
    I am speaking from experience, speaking to engineering experts and meeting with video/film archivists from the library of Congress. DVDs are not stable. They have a shelf life. If there is any temperature changes they do degrade even faster. Moreover - the ability to pull data off them once going will be nearly impossible. if you insist on DVDs, you must keep them in a cellar or dark, alway cool closet without light. Like you, soon you macbook/computer will not be able read the


    I lost all my StarWars ILM special effects, Titanic, numerous other film and commercial footage, 1500 product rollouts after i transferred the footage from 3/4" tape to DVDs a few years. They sat on disc for 8 years on my office wall. Once i tried to access - the discs were unreadable by my station's readers, numerous other readers and even seeking outside professional help.
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    In drawers. External hard drive of "keepers", DVD backup of original capture and "keepers". Hard drive backup of hard drive, off site. Two sets of DVDs, one off site in closet.

    Everything is in process...
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