5 Replies Latest reply: May 6, 2012 9:24 AM by Old Toad
Al Terego Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Editing a slide show in iPhoto, wanting to include movies, used QuickTime to trim the movies now some won't open. Error message:  "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"

 

One thread talked about headers being boogered up and suggested a utility demo that could fix the problem but it was from 2009 and dead links. This has happened before and I figured I did something wrong. Now I know "it ain't me" that's screwing up. What to do, what to do? TIA


MacBook Pro 13", Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • 1. Re: error "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)

    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?

     

    OT

  • 2. Re: error "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"
    Al Terego Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    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.

  • 3. Re: error "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)

    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?

    QuickTime Player001.jpg

    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

    iPhoto001.jpg

    and then try to play the movie file that is presented in a Finder window?

  • 4. Re: error "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"
    Al Terego Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    >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.

  • 5. Re: error "The movie could not be opened. The file is not a movie file"
    Old Toad Level 10 Level 10 (115,680 points)

    Try posting your issue in the QuickTime forum. I'm sure the experienced users there will be albe to help you.