Old Toad wrote:
Error message: "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"
How did you get this message? Where were you trying to play the QT movie? Were you in iPhoto when you trimmed the movie?
iPhoto doesn't play movies directly it seems. When I double click on a movie in iPhoto it opens in QuickTime Player which is where I edited/trimmed the movie. QT Player produced the error message.
What version of iPhoto are you running? Must be iPhoto 09 or earlier, right?
When you went to save the new, trimmed file where did you save it? What name and format?
This was the window I got after trimming a movie in an iPhoto 09 library with QT Player 10.
Right (Control)-Click on the movie in iPhoto, select Show File in the contextual menu
and then try to play the movie file that is presented in a Finder window?
>What version of iPhoto are you running? Must be iPhoto 09 or earlier, right?
iPhoto version 8.1.2
QuickTime Player is version QuickTime Pro 7.7
>When you went to save the new, trimmed file where did you save it? What name and format?
I have since learned what I did wrong. I trimmed the file then hit SAVE and should have chosen SAVE AS. Various discussions identify this problem; bug I'd call it if it's possible to booger up a file by doing so intuitive as saving after making changes. To answer your question it was saved in its original location, original name and I assume original format. I have tested the theory that a straight SAVE will booger up the movie file but a SAVE AS will create a viewable movie file (leaving the original intact and playable).
The boogered up movie file (yielding the orginal message, "Not a movie file") WILL play in VLC v1.0.5 but I can't get it to save a working version. I've tried several settings but it's just beyond my understanding of the many arcane terms they use. That's what I really need help with now that I have learned what NOT to do when trimming movies in the future. But to recover the boogered up movies that play in VLC, I need help with configuring VLC to save a "converted" version of the movie file.