Go Back   MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Visual Media > Digital Video

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old Nov 10, 2012, 12:28 PM   #1
avemestr
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Help with transcode

A small challenge for the bright video people at MR

I have a problem with an old video file. It was downloaded about 4 years ago, and I believe the format to be some kind of WMV.

I'm unable to play it in QuickTime and VLC. VLC says: "Cannot open codec (Windows Media Video 9)" followed by: "no suitable media decoder for fourcc 'WMV3'. VLC probably does not support this audio or video codec".

I've tried opening it in Handbrake. It says no valid source selected.

I've tried with Flip4Mac (Windows Media Components for QuickTime). That seems to open it in right size, but is unable to play it.

If anyone here wants to give it a go, it would be greatly appreciated. The video can be downloaded here:

[link removed after solution was found]

Filesize about 302MB. It should have a running length of about 20-30 minutes. The file has lost its extension at some point in time. I would expect it to be .wmv.

(The file contains an interview from a public, state-owned, European TV-station, and will most likely be boring for most people to watch, unless you know a Scandinavian language. Also, don't fear any copyright issue.)

I'd appreciate any kind of tips and tricks, but of course, if you're simply able to transcode it into a "modern" format for me, I'd be eternally grateful

Thanks in advance!

Last edited by avemestr; Nov 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM.
avemestr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 10, 2012, 12:33 PM   #2
simsaladimbamba
Guest
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: located
I get a 404 error when opening that link and right click > save content from link gets me an empty HTM file. Is it a .zip file or the original file? Maybe try zipping that video and then offering that to be downloaded, and don't use spaces with the file name.
simsaladimbamba is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 10, 2012, 01:20 PM   #3
avemestr
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
Ah, sorry!

I've fixed the link now: [link removed after solution was found]

It's a zip file with the original file inside it. The original have lost its extension at some point

Last edited by avemestr; Nov 11, 2012 at 10:03 AM.
avemestr is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 10, 2012, 03:18 PM   #4
Quotenfrau
macrumors 6502
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
no luck here.

Code:
> mediainfo Emil\ Bier.mov 
General
Complete name                            : Emil Bier.mov
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : QuickTime
Codec ID                                 : qt  
File size                                : 289 MiB
Duration                                 : 27mn 35s
Overall bit rate mode                    : Variable
Overall bit rate                         : 1 464 Kbps
Movie name                               : den 11 time onsdag, 10/17/2007 22:59
Movie name/More                          : recorded onsdag, 10/17/2007 22:59 on ODP169DR2a
Performer                                : DR
Description                              : recorded onsdag, 10/17/2007 22:59 on ODP169DR2a
Encoded date                             : UTC 2009-03-05 22:40:26
Tagged date                              : UTC 2009-03-05 22:40:37
Writing library                          : Apple QuickTime
Copyright                                : Copyright 2007 
com.apple.quicktime.author               : DR

Video
ID                                       : 3
Format                                   : VC-1
Codec ID                                 : WMV3
Codec ID/Info                            : Windows Media Video 9
Codec ID/Hint                            : WMV3
Duration                                 : 27mn 35s
Bit rate                                 : 1 380 Kbps
Width                                    : 512 pixels
Height                                   : 288 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Variable
Frame rate                               : 25.000 fps
Minimum frame rate                       : 2.994 fps
Maximum frame rate                       : 26.316 fps
Compression mode                         : Lossy
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.374
Stream size                              : 272 MiB (94%)
Language                                 : English
Encoded date                             : UTC 2009-03-05 22:08:55
Tagged date                              : UTC 2009-03-05 22:40:37

Audio
ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : WMA
Format version                           : Version 2
Codec ID                                 : WMA2
Codec ID/Info                            : Windows Media Audio
Duration                                 : 27mn 35s
Bit rate mode                            : Variable
Bit rate                                 : 82.0 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 44.1 KHz
Bit depth                                : 16 bits
Stream size                              : 16.2 MiB (6%)
Language                                 : 7
Encoded date                             : UTC 2009-03-05 22:08:55
Tagged date                              : UTC 2009-03-05 22:40:37
tried with Handbrake and VideoMonkey. It seems M$ audio and video file, but in a QuickTime container.

Are you sure there is no DRM restriction?
Quotenfrau is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 10, 2012, 03:58 PM   #5
Menneisyys2
macrumors 601
 
Join Date: Jun 2011
MP4Tools demuxes the two (audio + video) tracks just fine from the MOV file. However, they are unplayable by VLC and can't be added to an MKV file (which can hold WMV + WMA) via Mkvtoolnix.
Menneisyys2 is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 11, 2012, 07:19 AM   #6
initialsBB
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
A colleague at work has Flip4Mac Studio Pro HD, the file opens and converts to mpeg4. Send me your email address via private message and I'll send the file to you.
initialsBB is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 11, 2012, 09:16 AM   #7
MisterMe
macrumors G4
 
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: USA
Flip4Mac Studio Pro HD is simply one of several paid levels of the Flip4Mac WMV components.
__________________
Neither a borrower nor a lender be
For loan oft loses both itself and friend
William Shakespeare from Hamlet
MisterMe is online now   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 11, 2012, 09:24 AM   #8
initialsBB
macrumors 6502a
 
Join Date: Oct 2010
The free player doesn't do transcoding, only one of the 3 paying ones allow it.
initialsBB is offline   0 Reply With Quote
Old Nov 11, 2012, 10:02 AM   #9
avemestr
Thread Starter
macrumors regular
 
Join Date: Aug 2012
initialsBB is my savior! Transcoded beautifully. Thanks a lot!

Also, thanks to Quotenfrau for digging out the video-info. I didn't have the date of airing on-file, so that's also a help!

Thanks all!
avemestr is offline   0 Reply With Quote

Reply
MacRumors Forums > Special Interests > Visual Media > Digital Video

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Similar Threads
thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Unusually long render/transcode times for HD - Suggestions? JTMusicVA Digital Video 2 Mar 30, 2014 05:17 AM
MakeMKV + Handbrake + Plex (Optimal Transcode?) JoEw Apple TV and Home Theater 4 Mar 1, 2014 02:54 PM
Transcode to ProRes 422, fastest software?? Ben1l Digital Video 12 Nov 6, 2013 03:04 AM
transcode any format to *.flv - what free tool? Quotenfrau Digital Video 6 Nov 10, 2012 03:31 PM
vlc transcode Tech198 Digital Video 1 Oct 6, 2012 04:13 PM

Forum Jump

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:33 PM.

Mac Rumors | Mac | iPhone | iPhone Game Reviews | iPhone Apps

Mobile Version | Fixed | Fluid | Fluid HD
Copyright 2002-2013, MacRumors.com, LLC