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

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  1. pooterscientist macrumors newbie

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    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.
     
  2. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  3. pooterscientist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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?
     
  4. huntercr macrumors 65816

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    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.
     
  5. MacBoobsPro macrumors 603

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    Isnt .3gp a file extension for mobile video? Try that in Quicktime.
     
  6. pooterscientist thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I pressed apple-j but it says I need quicktime pro. I don't have quick time pro.

    I also used that .3gp extension, but it didn't work.
     
  7. lighthouse_man macrumors 6502a

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    Try *.mov or *.wmv, if captured on a Mac or a PC respectively, as indicated on their site.
     
  8. xStep macrumors 68000

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    Try Apple-I instead.
     
  9. bearcatrp macrumors 68000

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    See if mpeg streamclip can convert it for you.
     

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