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HDV footage logged in FCP - how do I view it in Windows?

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I'm a film student in New York who can't afford to buy a Macbook Pro, so I use a PC. I've been given an assignment that requires me to shoot on HDV, and I spent the time and money on HDV tapes and filming this shoot using HD cameras. Our lab (with very strict openings with only 2 HDV decks) uses Final Cut Pro - so I spent my time logging and capturing about 8 tapes of footage.

So I went home and went through the trouble of getting the Mac data system to communicate with my PC data system so my hard drive would even let me see that I HAD the footage - now that I finally do, I see that only my DV footage works! (one tape)

I know this reason why the HDV footage doesn't work - when it's logged it uses transcode, some proprietary codec that is not available (to my knowledge) anywhere, for download or purchase.
Now, I know everyone will tell me to re-export it in H.264, but I simply do not have the time now nor would I have had the time to do so in the short hours of lab availability - not to mention it's something I wouldn't (and didn't) think of since captured DV footage works with no problem; also not to mention that I'd like to wind up with an uncompressed cut (like most people, I'd assume?).

This is a widespread problem - not all people don't have the luxury of Final Cut Pro and a Macbook Pro. Why can't I edit the footage I shot?

So I ask:

Apple, can I buy this codec?


They are .mov files
I cannot see what codec was used as Quicktime crashes when I open them.
It's HDV, but apparently it's in an "editing codec" which means I can't open it on a PC or Mac that doesn't have FCP.
This problem is all over the Internet, and it can be solved by making this codec available for purchase.
The MPEG-2 codec is different, and will not fix the problem.
I think it might be the Apple Intermediate codec, not sure and have no way of checking.
Gateway, Windows XP


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