Help! Video torrent file opens as text

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by schreiber16, Jun 23, 2008.

  1. schreiber16 macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2008
    Hey all,

    first let me put it out there that I am new to Mac (as in 2 days), so please bear with me!

    Ok I'm trying to download a video torrent from a site that I've used before - other users have left feedback saying that the file is good quality so it must be a legit file.
    When the torrent finishes downloading (I'm using Vuze at the moment) I try to open it but instead of a video file opening, TextEdit opens and displays all this text jargon.
    So I'm a bit confused: do I have to do something in TextEdit to make the file play? Or is the file just corrupt? Because I've tried opening the file with Quicktime but I get an error message saying that the file is not video format...
    Not too sure what to do now...

    Any help/suggestions greatly appreciated!

    Edit: the file type is listed as being "plain text"
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    Are you opening the .torrent file or the file that the torrent becomes?

    Try sticking .avi or .mpg after it.
  3. schreiber16 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2008
    Thanks for quick reply.

    I'm trying to open the file that the torrent becomes.
    Tried putting .avi (realised that it had .wmv, didn't occur that it wouldn't work!) but now it just wont open. The only program that I have that plays videos is Quicktime, should I download a different program that plays video files?
    Still says it's not a video file when I try to open it??
  4. ZballZ macrumors regular

    Nov 11, 2006
    Go for Flip4Mac, it integrates a bunch of codecs - including WMV - into your quicktime player...
  5. schreiber16 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 23, 2008
    I downloaded Flip4Mac before I read your post and it's solved the problem.
    Thanks anyway.

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