"Unknown video file" on a .avi -- what could it be?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Queenredspecial, Oct 2, 2009.

  1. Queenredspecial macrumors regular

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    I have just downloaded a file (via Transmission) which is .avi, as it should.

    However, none of the players I have (RealPlayer, VLC, DjoPlayer, DivX, or Quicktime) will play it.

    Am I missing something -- is there a kind of player I don't have yet? ;) Or is it just a corrupt file? Is there a way to find out?

    I know very little about the encoding of things, so I would love some specifics. The file is 1.47 GB though, so there is definitely something there.

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    I would open the file in Hexedit and look at the header and compare with other video formats.
     
  3. Sorkvild macrumors 6502

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    Yikes get rid of all those players! Well, VLC is alright but I have never found a file where I absolutely needed it to open it. The only things I install to make sure I can open everything are Perian and Flip4mac.

    Perian should be able to open it... if not then it really is some unique codec which I have probably never heard of before.

    http://perian.org/
     

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