don't know format of movie file, need to figure it out

pooterscientist

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 28, 2008
20
0
empire state
Ok so I wanted to hide a movie file so I changed its extension to .jpg to throw off people who were looking for it. Now I want to watch the file, but I don't remember the original file format. The movie was recorded on a flip camera, but i tried changing the extension to .mp4 (the file format used by most flip cameras supposedly) and it didn't work. I can play the movie without audio, but the audio is the interesting part of the movie. Is there any way to remedy my problem?! Thanks in advance.
 

huntercr

macrumors 65816
Jun 6, 2006
1,039
0
Ok so I wanted to hide a movie file so I changed its extension to .jpg to throw off people who were looking for it. Now I want to watch the file, but I don't remember the original file format. The movie was recorded on a flip camera, but i tried changing the extension to .mp4 (the file format used by most flip cameras supposedly) and it didn't work. I can play the movie without audio, but the audio is the interesting part of the movie. Is there any way to remedy my problem?! Thanks in advance.
Change it to .AVI or .mov and try to open it in quicktime. If it opens, use Apple-J and look at the video track. In the list on the right column it will tell you the video codec.

If it doesn't open, you might want to search for a program that will identify a video based on the FOURCC code.
 

pooterscientist

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Feb 28, 2008
20
0
empire state
update

Ok, so I added a .avi file extn. If I open it with VLC, I get video no sound, but if I open it with Quicktime, I get audio no video. Any thoughts?
 

huntercr

macrumors 65816
Jun 6, 2006
1,039
0
Ok, so I added a .avi file extn. If I open it with VLC, I get video no sound, but if I open it with Quicktime, I get audio no video. Any thoughts?
Did you press Apple-J and find out what the codec is?
I can't give you advice on how to play it if we don't know what the codec is.
 

Similar threads

Register on MacRumors! This sidebar will go away, and you'll see fewer ads.