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no data in my .mov file when I open it in QUICKTIME to EDIT/TRIM it?

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I can play the video in IPHOTO - to prove that there is data in the .mov file

I have exported the .mov file to  DESKTOP and then Opened the file in QUICKTIME from Desktop, to EDIT/TRIM it.

I have also tried another file, by not exporting it and just opening it with QUICKTIME from its file location in FINDER under PICTURES.

Still no data to be seen using QUICKTIME and EDIT/TRIM. The file is blank.

AM I missing a step?

Many thanks



MacBook Air (11-inch Mid 2012)
  • nbar Level 5 Level 5 (6,480 points)

    You cannot export from iPhoto  in this manner. It exports no video. Navigate to the video in iPhoto,  go to Find > Reveal in Finder > Original File. Not the modified, the original. This video should play in quicktime as a .mov, no? If not, test with another video player such as VLC to isolate the problem.



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  • Jon Walker Level 6 Level 6 (17,520 points)

    AM I missing a step?

    Difficult to guess since you have not actually indicated how you "exported" the movie—as an image, as a copy of the original file, etc.



    Still no data to be seen using QUICKTIME and EDIT/TRIM. The file is blank.

    What does this mean? Are you getting a message? If so, what is the message? Is the file failing to open at all or does it open but only contain a single frame? Does the original file open in the QT player like your secondary test file? Can you "drag 'n drop" the iPhoto library video icon directly to the QT player app? If you use the Finder to duplicate the file, does the duplicate file open normally? What kind of data does the file contain and which QT player are you using to edit and trim the file?


    Basically, you have presented little more than a minimum information question. Without more details it is impossible to say if your problem is in your work flow, the iPhoto application, the OS configuration, or the operating system itself.



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