Can't open a .mov file on quicktime or VLC

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  1. sepandee macrumors regular

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    A friend of mine uploaded a video of our friends and after downloading it, i couldn't open it. With VLC, it eitehr gets stuck on the first frame or doesn't show anything at all, but the sound works. With Quicktime, it gives a "this movie could not be opened. This file is not a movie file." I know it's a movie file, and I know it works on windows.

    Any ideas?
    PS. I've installed the latest quicktime, v. 7.2.
     
  2. bmcgonag macrumors 65816

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    1. If you haven't, then install Perian Codec Pack 1.0 (or the latest version).

    2. also try Mplayer for OS X (free).

    3. If none of those work, ask your friend to send it in a different codec.

    .mov is just a container. It could contain a divx, mpeg, mkv or wahtever file. So ask them to make it a .mp4 if possible. very compact, very good quality, very easy to play on multi-platform.

    Brian
     
  3. sepandee thread starter macrumors regular

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    sigh. I got Perian Codec and copied the files to library, problem persists. I also tried installing mplayer, but i can't mount the image for some reason (gives me an error).
     
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    Also install the Windows Media components and see whether that helps.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I don't know whether this will work for unplayable files, but try opening the file in VLC, press Cmd-I, then go to Advanced Information to see which codecs it uses. You should get something like this:
     

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  7. Peace macrumors P6

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    Are you sure your friends didn't just change the file extension from *.avi to *.mov?
     
  8. sepandee thread starter macrumors regular

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    Here is what I have.
     

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  9. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    MJPG format is Motion JPEG, a video format used in cheap video cameras. ARAW is an obscure video format used to render old cartoons and other TV shows. Within Safari, I can play files like these as imbedded videos. Among the standalone players, the DivX Player may be able to play them. However, an embedded Java player may be your only option.
     
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    It's audio.
     
  11. sepandee thread starter macrumors regular

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    no it's not. Video plays on windows.
     
  12. kuman macrumors newbie

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    I recovered deleted .mov files with PC Inspector file recovery. Now they don't play on Quick Time & VLC. Why is that?
     
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  14. kuman macrumors newbie

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    Do u mean it's not an effective program?
     

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