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Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

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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  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,737 points)

    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.

  • Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thnx for getting back to me so quick Thomas, do what you said and no there is no extension. I believe that it has been opened before using Windows Movie Maker... does that help??

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,737 points)

    Not really, because I would presume that such software could open files of many different types.  There are a lot of different video types, and thus many possible video file extensions.  Where did the file come from?  If it's from someone else, you need to ask them what type of file it is, and what extension it ought to have.

  • X423424X Level 6 (14,215 points)

    One thing you could try is to drop one of the files on to the vlc video player.  If the file is truely a video file then odds are vlc will figure that out and be able to play it.  It also has a menu to tell you info about the file so you could figure out what kind of file it actually is.

     

    In the case of windows .wmv files you should add Flip4Mac.  That would allow you to play those with QuickTime.

     

    Similarly add Perian to add more power to QuickTime so that it too could possibly handle those files like vlc.

  • Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

    Put it in a Windows PC and all it showed was file type as being FILE..... could get sound but no video stating there was no codec.  Best to forget it I think!!!

  • thomas_r. Level 7 (30,737 points)

    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?

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    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.

  • Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

    Wow VLC worked and it plays fine now, I guess my next question is can I copy the file and burn it via Toast or some other program....

  • Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi, this is what it came up with 'RIFF (little-endian) data, AVI, 624 x 352, 23.98 fps, video: XviD, audio: MPEG-1 Layer 3 (stereo, 48000 Hz)

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    It's an .avi file.

  • Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

    so can I then rename the file extension as .avi??

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    Yep.

  • Adie93 Level 1 (0 points)

    works perfectly, thnx so much for your help....

  • wjosten Level 10 (94,210 points)

    You're welcome.

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