4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2006 6:10 PM by JulieJulieJulie
nautilus_3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
Hi, I have several Quicktime movies I made years ago with early versions of quicktime. So early, that the file suffix is .MooV. Current versions of quicktime dont recognize this at all and I was wondering if there was anything I could do to convert them. I have tired to change the suffix to .mov, .mpg, etc.. nothing works. I have tired windows media player and Real player, hoping they could locate a codec to deal with this issue and have gotten nowhere. Am I lost, of is there a conversion tool out there I havent been able to find yet?


G4 & Pentium
  • Kyn Drake Level 7 Level 7 (21,515 points)
    Welcome to the discussions, nautilus_3.

    Do you know what application you used to create those movies? Or was there some special hardware or editing system that was just using the QuickTime container?
  • nautilus_3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Yes, the software was Strata Studio Pro 1.1 to I think 3.0. When you would render an animation, you would configure it to save as a QuickTime Movie. It had been working just fine with the QuickTime players (early versions) while on my PowerMac 7100 and Mac Clone and I think my G4 when running in classic mode. But it seems that since its been such a long time and QuickTime has evolved somewhat with its newer versions, some of these old formats are pretty much dropped and no longer supported.

    Thanks for your reply!
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 Level 9 (51,445 points)
    I lived for fifty years around D.C.
    Not that it helps you in your troubles but I understand some of the "bureaucracy" issues you're now facing.
    The application "creator" is MooV but the file format (extension) should be .mov
    They may have been created using proprietary video codecs and may only open using the software that created them.
    I can still open files (QT formats like .mov) that I created using the first version (3) of QT Pro and even older (QT 2) files with version 7.
    Back then QuickTime was free. But the created files were really relying on third party codecs in many cases.
    I'm sure, somewhere in D.C., (probably a public school) you can find an old Mac that can open and view the files.
    The trouble comes at export.
    They were probably 120X90 pixel videos that used IMA 4:1 or A-Law audio compression. I would also guess that that they used a video codec from Indeo.
  • JulieJulieJulie Level 4 Level 4 (1,030 points)

    Compatibility You Can Trust

    QuickTime is fully backwards compatible with content created in QuickTime 1.0. Rest assured that the content you create today will play back tomorrow with QuickTime’s history of backwards compatibility.