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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 04:46 PM   #1
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Video challenge - can't open .MOV files

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I didn't see a video section specifically so I hope a video question here is okay....

I've got a friend with a lot of .MOV files (as compared to .mov) that we can't open to look at. I'm suspecting they are an older codec of Quicktime.

I have tried to open them with Quicktime 10 and 7, VLC, Handbrake, mpegstreamclip and even imovie (why not?).... Is there another video player out there that'll open this older file?

thanks in advance.
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Old Apr 15th, 2019, 07:40 PM   #2
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Have you tried just changing the suffix to .mov?

If it dies not do the trick you can always change it back.
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I highly doubt that upper- or lower-case .mov / .MOV makes any kind of difference...

You could try installing the old QuickTime 7 to see if it can handle those files (drag-and-drop onto the QT7 player, or right-click "Open With" to ensure it doesn't go to the system default "new" QT player).
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As CubaMark said I do not think upper or lower matters for the extension. I know it does not with other formats such as PDF.

You sure the movies are not damaged or corrupted? Do none of them work?

You could try converting one with handbrake to mp4. If that works you at least have a solution. If there are a tone of files you can download an app called "batch handbrake" that lets you drop a bunch of files to covert, just let it go over night or run all day.

I made a quick movie in iMovie which no longer gives you any real export options. I had a short .mp4 video. I changed the extension to .mov/.MOV. It opened and played in Quicktime without issue.
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Old Apr 16th, 2019, 12:38 PM   #5
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Have you tried just changing the suffix to .mov?

If it dies not do the trick you can always change it back.
I hadn't thought of that one and have had success doing that with other kinds of video files! ....sadly..I just tried it and nope! didn't work.

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You could try installing the old QuickTime 7 to see if it can handle those files (drag-and-drop onto the QT7 player, or right-click "Open With" to ensure it doesn't go to the system default "new" QT player).
I have installed it and tried it but no-go.
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You sure the movies are not damaged or corrupted? Do none of them work?
I don't think they are. There are a lot of them, too. Anyway to tell if they are damaged?

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You could try converting one with handbrake to mp4.
Tried handbrake but it doesn't recognize it as a valid source.

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I made a quick movie in iMovie which no longer gives you any real export options. I had a short .mp4 video. I changed the extension to .mov/.MOV. It opened and played in Quicktime without issue.
I haven't tried opening it in iMovie. Maybe I'll give that a try.
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A quick google search on .mov files brought up this:

- A file with the MOV file extension is an Apple QuickTime Movie file that's stored in a QuickTime File Format (QTFF) container file.
- Apple's iTunes and QuickTime programs, VLC, Windows Media Player and Elmedia Player are all able to play MOV files.
- Another way to open MOV files on a computer is by using Google Drive.

Should work with Quicktime, does it give you a message when try to open with Quicktime?
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Hi,

I didn't see a video section specifically so I hope a video question here is okay....

I've got a friend with a lot of .MOV files (as compared to .mov) that we can't open to look at. I'm suspecting they are an older codec of Quicktime.

I have tried to open them with Quicktime 10 and 7, VLC, Handbrake, mpegstreamclip and even imovie (why not?).... Is there another video player out there that'll open this older file?

thanks in advance.
Perian might help, all depending on how that mov was encoded:
https://www.perian.org
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Perian might help, all depending on how that mov was encoded:
https://www.perian.org
No longer available at that link.

Thanks, though.
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