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Old 04-24-2012, 02:12 AM   #1
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Quick Time can't open mpg video file

Hello, I have a video file captured by a camcorder with an internal HD (no idea make and model) the file was extracted from the camera by a windows machine (no idea method). Each video has three files: .cont .mpg & .mtv (see attachments).
VLC open the mpg file just fine, quick time doesn't (therefore also iMovie doesn't).
the camcorder is no longer available so I can't import the movies directly from the camera onto iMovie.
I need to be able to edit them because they are my wedding videos ;(
Any ideas?
I might add that I am running OS X 10.6.8
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Old 04-24-2012, 09:53 AM   #2
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There are lots of 3rd-party video conversion utilities available. (some free, some $)
You will likely need to use one of these to convert the video to a format that can be imported by iMovie.
Look on www.macupdate.com for example
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:11 AM   #3
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Use VLC's Streaming/Transcoding Wizard to convert the files to something iMovie can handle. Try the MPEG4 settings. (Expect a loss in quality.) You might also check whether Handbrake and/or MPEG Streamclip can convert the files.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:26 AM   #4
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all the conversion utilities I met also change the size and bitrate
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:28 AM   #5
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Use VLC's Streaming/Transcoding Wizard to convert the files to something iMovie can handle. Try the MPEG4 settings. (Expect a loss in quality.) You might also check whether Handbrake and/or MPEG Streamclip can convert the files.

What's that? is it a part of the VLC player?
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:49 AM   #6
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It's on VLC's File pulldown menu.
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Old 04-24-2012, 10:56 AM   #7
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I would try After Effects. It seems to have its own set of codecs and I have been able to play every odd ball camera codec I have encountered.
It looks like you have mpeg2 coded file(maybe). Quicktime will not play it before you purchase mpeg2 component (20USD?). I recommend to find a friend with either AE or QT with this component and convert you movs into editable formats(if you plan to edit) like DV, PhotoJPG, AIC or ProRes(this codec comes with FinalCutPro).
VLC will export only to H.264 that is not good for editing nor archiving. But otherwise good quality and small file size.
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Old 04-24-2012, 12:37 PM   #8
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You might see if installing Perian might help in getting the video to open in Quicktime/iMovie.
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