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Adie93 Level 1 Level 1

Hi folks, sorry i have been looking through previous discussions re these type of files but its all well and truley above me.  I have been given a video file and when copied to 'finder' it showed it was a unix executable file and it opened Terminal, again made no sense to me.  I was informed to download MPEG Streamclip with no luck and the jargon I have read is goobledegook to me, sorry.  Can anyone help pls in simple terms???? 

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Solved by wjosten on May 2, 2012 3:36 AM Solved

Launch Terminal from your Utilities folder, type "file " (file then space without the quotes)...drag the file to the terminal window. Hit "Enter". Post the output here.

Reply by thomas_r. on May 2, 2012 2:57 AM Helpful

That typically happens when you receive a file that does not have an extension, so the OS doesn't know what it is.  Select the file and choose File -> Get Info in the finder.  What is shown in the Name & Extension field?  If there is no extension, that's the problem.  You would need to add an extension, though the problem is knowing what extension to add.

Reply by thomas_r. on May 2, 2012 3:26 AM Helpful

Yeah, Windows won't work any better if there's no extension.  I was considering recommending VLC, as X423424X did, but wasn't sure if that would work without an extension.  However, as that came to mind for both of us, it's worth a try.


Where did the video come from?

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