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Invalid Public Movie Atom

8792 Views 10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 7, 2008 5:03 PM by thealexness RSS
thealexness Level 1 Level 1 (70 points)
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Jan 21, 2008 4:52 PM
When I try to open an MPEG-4 Movie with QuickTime, a message comes up that reads The movie could not be opened. An invalid public movie atom was found in the movie. I took a screen shot here: http://picasaweb.google.com/thealexness/AppleDiscussions/photo#51580944296719376 34

Anyone know what this means?
MacBook & 1st Gen. iPod Nano & 8G iPhone, Mac OS X (10.5), 2.16 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo, 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM, 160 GB 5400-rpm hard drive
  • Derek Dick Calculating status...
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    Jan 24, 2008 6:31 PM (in response to thealexness)
    anybody? i've google'd this a bit. installed quick time codecs, changed file extensions and a whole bunch of other things.

    can't seem to play mp4 files. argh. a very confusing error message. i'm assuming it's a missing codec but can't figure it out.
  • hvxuser Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Jan 26, 2008 4:01 AM (in response to Derek Dick)
    Apparantly its all down to QT 7.4 they for some reason changed the 'Null' value from '0' to '-1' which ends up giving the Public atom error. I would assume that the update will fix it but with Apple... who knows!

    HVXuser....
    17" Powerbook 1.67 1.5GB, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • hvxuser Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)
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    Jan 27, 2008 1:42 AM (in response to thealexness)
    To my knowledge 'No' and judging by Apple's apparent total silence on the subject I guess they don't give a toss either so don't hold your breath :(((((

    Hvxuser....
    17" Powerbook 1.67 1.5GB, Mac OS X (10.4.8)
  • buge Calculating status...
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    Feb 19, 2008 9:57 AM (in response to hvxuser)
    I pulled it off an ftp site via finder and had the problem so...

    1) I pulled it off the ftp site via my windows virtual machine
    2) I moved it to my mac partition via windows virtual machine
    3) Opened it in QT with no problem
    4) Swore extensively

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?messageID=5778868
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • nytc Calculating status...
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    Feb 22, 2008 9:49 AM (in response to thealexness)
    I pulled it off an ftp site via finder and had the problem so...

    1) I pulled it off the ftp site via my windows virtual machine
    --> FTP site is a file transfer site, Windows Virtual Machine is a program that you can use to run windows on your computer (not the same as BootCamp).
    2) I moved it to my mac partition via windows virtual machine
    --> Downloaded the file from the FTP site onto their virtual machine, then moved it onto their Mac, I don't know which way.
    3) Opened it in QT with no problem
    --> Looks like that solved the problem.

    I'm got the same problem and don't have virtual Windows, but I'm going to try using my friend's Windows and see if that works.
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.2)
  • DigiDude Calculating status...
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    Mar 6, 2008 11:19 AM (in response to thealexness)
    This problem has plagued several files of mine since last year after I updated to AT 7.3...and then didn't get fixed in 7.4...I finally really needed those files to open and it became critical to solve the problem. My salvation came from a handy utility that fixes the bad null condition causing the problem, figured I'd save anyone with similar problem the extensive time it took to find this solution:

    http://www.imagineproducts.com/macfaq.htm#QuickTime
    MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.2)

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