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Feb 7, 2013 12:55 PM

I experienced same problem as discussed a year ago , but don't understand all the lingo used for solutions.

reference to Jo Booth >> When I looked at the name, it had captured it as  These two captures were within 10 minutes of each other and I didn't change any of the settings.  I've tried a different tape and same thing happens and I've rebooted the computer .<<


I have many Quick time movies from last 2-3 years saved on external drive. Some of them I can open, some of them come with this andwhen I click on it  it says "format not recognized". These movies were stored  for several years before and were always accesible before. What can I do to be able to open them?



iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.2), Final Cut Express
  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 3:33 PM (in response to canadanada)

    Is the drive where these are stored formatted to MAC OS Extended?



  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 5:27 PM (in response to canadanada)

    This occurs when file size max out and the operating system, application or settings break up one big file into pieces.


    The result is a group of -av files.


    My experience with this issue is to try find one in the group that starts with

    The 0 file is like the key, if it plays first the rest may work, trying to play a later one in the chain won't work.


    Right now we need to establish what and why the files are split.


    Please provide as many details as possible about your files, computer and how the files arrived into FCE.



  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Feb 7, 2013 11:12 PM (in response to canadanada)

    canadanada wrote:


    I am wondering now how does it matter if it is or not Mac OS Extended drive? Would you be ableto give me some instruction on how to access these files? Thanks a lot.



    Yes it does matter.

    If a drive is not formatted correctly it will break up large files into smaller ones because it will have a file size limit. Mac OS Extended removes limits.


    Also FCE in the Preferences has an Export file size limit checkbox that can be set to export in samll chunks which is legacy to work with older formats. This box/field should have no Limits set using Mac OS Extended drives.


    Q Logo; What is this?

    I'm thinking an app that handles some type of video file!!


    Do you have GoPro footage on this drive?


    Untitled coud be anything including FCE capture files/Sequence or Projects. Always a good idea to give things a unique name. You say the NAMES were changed somehow?? Any ideas what you did or something that was altered around the time of this mixup?


    Sequence-Fin, these are FCE Render files.


    "I am not sure why is it important how the files came into FCE, because the files were edited in FCE and then exported to Quicktime."


    Knowing how and where files comes from help with troubleshooting an issue. If for example they were imported from a camera then knowing the model and make of the camera can narrow the types of footage used. If from the Internet, could be anything.


    Open Quicktime and play some files and use the Inspector to see what the specs are.



  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Feb 8, 2013 2:25 PM (in response to canadanada)

    To be honest I'm not sure what has occured.

    We have covered the usual suspects.


    I'm starting to think that mabe a third party app has been loaded and grabbed all the Quicktime files and is now the default app that handles Quicktime.


    Do you have any third party apps loaded such as a player for the GoPro?



  • Alchroma Level 6 Level 6 (16,875 points)
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    Feb 9, 2013 7:17 PM (in response to canadanada)

    The guy who did it had some problem transferring it (he is also on PC) - this was the first time that he was putting something on rather than taking my file from it. What he needed to do I am not sure and after some attempts he was able to upload it on my external disk. Could there be something??


    This would be my first suspect.



    You can ask the guy what exactly he did. It does seem like the drive has been affected by a non MAC OS Extended structure.


    You never know what the Gransdson could have done.

    I'd suggest you password your main Admin Account and let others log on as a Guest User or create a "Grandson Account".

    This way your stuff is/should be safe.




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