File with no extension :?

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  1. jonnyboy0 macrumors newbie

    jonnyboy0

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    Hi

    I just recently download a video file from Deposit Files & it downloaded without any extension :? I am looking for a way to find out its extension & be able to open this video & play it in real player or quicktime as intended. Any time i click on the file the usually gibberish opens up in textedit.



    Your help will be much appreciated :)

    Jonny...
     
  2. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Step 1 - right click file
    Step 2 - press get info
    Step 3 - go to "File Name and Extension"
    Step 4 - change/add extension
    Step 5 - confirm extension
    Step 6 - profit
     
  3. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

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    Or just click on the file, wait, and click on the file's name, and change it there. :)
     
  4. Dr.Pants macrumors 65816

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    Learn something new everyday :D
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    What am I missing here? The OP does not know the correct extension. How do you just change the file name and add the unknown extension?
     
  6. belvdr macrumors 603

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    I agree. I believe we need to know what file he downloaded first before doing this.

    OP, can you go back to where you downloaded it and see what it says about the file?
     
  7. jonnyboy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The file that ive download is a video file...

    Ive already tried adding several different extensions onto the end like .mov .wmv .flv etc etc, but all i get is "This file is not a movie file and could not be opened"

    When i opened and took at look at what appeared in textedit i found something to do with the video possibly...

     
  8. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Did it appear to download fully? Have you trashed the file and tried to download it again?
     
  9. jonnyboy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes i have downloaded it twice already & both times it appears the same once finished downloading :?
     
  10. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    Based on the characters you posted from the file's header, this appears to be a high-definition movie of some sort, perhaps in an AVC or QuickTime container.
     
  11. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    Something you can try from Terminal is the file command,
    Code:
    file /path/to/file
    It may provide you with file info enough to figure out the extension. Also, adding extensions randomly can sometimes corrupt the file, if you try to open it in programs. It's also possible the file is corrupt to begin with.
     
  12. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    You can always type file <space> then drag the file to the Terminal window and drop it there. That will create the needed path for you. Then, press Return to execute the command.
     
  13. jonnyboy0 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the suggestions, i done it in terminal & got the following response...
    How do i open it now so that i can use it :?
     
  14. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5

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    It needs an .mp4 extension.
     
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