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OLD Quicktime movie files and compatability

477 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Jan 24, 2006 6:10 PM by JulieJulieJulie RSS
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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 (21,460 points)
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    Jan 23, 2006 9:11 AM (in response to nautilus_3)
    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?
    TiGig, Mac OS X (10.4.3), Giggahertz, Giggaram, Giggagood!
  • QuickTimeKirk Level 8 Level 8 (47,365 points)
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    Jan 23, 2006 11:43 AM (in response to nautilus_3)
    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.
    Mac mini, iMac G3 400, and a little used PC running Window 2000 server, Mac OS X (10.4.4), 10.3.9 OS 9.2
  • JulieJulieJulie Level 4 Level 4 (1,030 points)
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    Jan 24, 2006 6:10 PM (in response to QuickTimeKirk)

    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.

    PowerMac G5, Mac OS X (10.3.9)


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