QuickTime Movies

Discussion in 'Graphics' started by AES, May 31, 2009.

  1. AES

    AES Guest

    I downloaded three small movies from an RCA "Small Wonder" mini video
    camera (neat gadget) to my MacBook (10.4.11) via its self-contained USB
    connector. They appeared initially as .avi files.

    I then opened and viewed them with QuickTime (no problem); saved them as
    self-contained .mov files; and sent them to my granddaughter, who has an
    iBook G4

    She now reports she can't open them, or if she can, the video plays
    black. What might she need, or what conversion might I make before
    re-sending them? (Sorry, don't know any details of her system.)

    Thanks for any hints.
     
    AES, May 31, 2009
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  2. AES

    Tim Murray Guest

    On Sun, 31 May 2009 11:12:36 -0400, AES wrote:
    > I downloaded three small movies from an RCA "Small Wonder" mini video
    > camera (neat gadget) to my MacBook (10.4.11) via its self-contained USB
    > connector. They appeared initially as .avi files.
    >
    > I then opened and viewed them with QuickTime (no problem); saved them as
    > self-contained .mov files; and sent them to my granddaughter, who has an
    > iBook G4
    >
    > She now reports she can't open them, or if she can, the video plays
    > black. What might she need, or what conversion might I make before
    > re-sending them? (Sorry, don't know any details of her system.)
    >
    > Thanks for any hints.


    A mov file is a container. The video might have used an encoder she doesn't
    have. Is there a reason you didn't just send her the avi files?
     
    Tim Murray, May 31, 2009
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  3. AES

    nospam Guest

    In article <WtxUl.48827$>, Tim Murray
    <> wrote:

    > On Sun, 31 May 2009 11:12:36 -0400, AES wrote:
    > > I downloaded three small movies from an RCA "Small Wonder" mini video
    > > camera (neat gadget) to my MacBook (10.4.11) via its self-contained USB
    > > connector. They appeared initially as .avi files.
    > >
    > > I then opened and viewed them with QuickTime (no problem); saved them as
    > > self-contained .mov files; and sent them to my granddaughter, who has an
    > > iBook G4
    > >
    > > She now reports she can't open them, or if she can, the video plays
    > > black. What might she need, or what conversion might I make before
    > > re-sending them? (Sorry, don't know any details of her system.)
    > >
    > > Thanks for any hints.

    >
    > A mov file is a container. The video might have used an encoder she doesn't
    > have. Is there a reason you didn't just send her the avi files?


    a better question is why didn't he look on line:

    <http://www.mysmallwonder.com/support/EZ201FAQ.aspx#q24>

    How can I view WMV files that were created by the EZ201 Small Wonder¹s
    Memory Manager Application on Mac OS X?

    Though the Small Wonder Memory Manager application is not compatible
    with Mac OS X, it may still be possible to access and play videos that
    were converted by the Small Wonder¹s Memory Manager Application when
    using OS X. One approach is to use the Flip4Mac which can be
    downloaded from http://www.flip4mac.com. After you have successfully
    completed the installation, you will be able to play back the converted
    videos using QuickTime.
     
    nospam, May 31, 2009
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  4. AES

    Philo D Guest

    In article <>, AES
    <> wrote:

    > I downloaded three small movies from an RCA "Small Wonder" mini video
    > camera (neat gadget) to my MacBook (10.4.11) via its self-contained USB
    > connector. They appeared initially as .avi files.
    >
    > I then opened and viewed them with QuickTime (no problem); saved them as
    > self-contained .mov files; and sent them to my granddaughter, who has an
    > iBook G4
    >
    > She now reports she can't open them, or if she can, the video plays
    > black. What might she need, or what conversion might I make before
    > re-sending them? (Sorry, don't know any details of her system.)
    >
    > Thanks for any hints.


    Probably the AVI used a certain codec, and the "save" kept it (you
    didn't say you did an "export") ... and she does not have that codec.
    Open the video in your Quicktime Player, do command-I and see what
    codecs are involved. Then either tell her to get that codec, or else
    export into a MOV using a standard codec that she is sure to have.
     
    Philo D, May 31, 2009
    #4
  5. AES

    AES Guest

    In article <2009053117150716807-malcolm@invalid>,
    Malcolm <malcolm@invalid> wrote:

    >
    > She needs to install the correct codecs. Perian and Flip4Mac should
    > handle most AVI files.
    > <http://www.perian.org>
    > <http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm>


    Thanks for this and other replies.
     
    AES, Jun 1, 2009
    #5
  6. On May 31, 2:15 pm, Malcolm <malcolm@invalid> wrote:
    > On 2009-05-31 11:12:36 -0400, AES <> said:
    >
    > > I downloaded three small movies from an RCA "Small Wonder" mini video
    > > camera (neat gadget) to my MacBook (10.4.11) via its self-contained USB
    > > connector. They appeared initially as .avi files.

    >
    > > I then opened and viewed them with QuickTime (no problem); saved them as
    > > self-contained .mov files; and sent them to my granddaughter, who has an
    > > iBook G4

    >
    > > She now reports she can't open them, or if she can, the video plays
    > > black. What might she need, or what conversion might I make before
    > > re-sending them? (Sorry, don't know any details of her system.)

    >
    > > Thanks for any hints.

    >
    > She needs to install the correct codecs. Perian and Flip4Mac should
    > handle most AVI files.
    > <http://www.perian.org>
    > <http://www.telestream.net/flip4mac-wmv/overview.htm>


    Gawd! i hate computers...!!!
    Can any reasonable person still be in doubt that computers are still
    only for Geeks & Nerds...!!!
    We're still 50 years away from a computer that can be used by ordinary
    hamsters & parakeets...!!!
     
    The Translucent Amoebae, Jun 3, 2009
    #6
  7. In article
    <>,
    The Translucent Amoebae <> wrote:

    > We're still 50 years away from a computer that can be used by
    > ordinary hamsters & parakeets...!!!


    Be we do have computers that can be used by ordinary people.

    --
    Member National Rifle Association
    Member American Civil Liberties Union
    Member Human Rights Campaign
     
    Michelle Steiner, Jun 3, 2009
    #7
  8. AES

    Tom Lake Guest

    "Michelle Steiner" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > In article
    > <>,
    > The Translucent Amoebae <> wrote:
    >
    >> We're still 50 years away from a computer that can be used by
    >> ordinary hamsters & parakeets...!!!

    >
    > Be we do have computers that can be used by ordinary people.


    Ordinary people don't know from codecs!

    Tom Lake
     
    Tom Lake, Jun 4, 2009
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