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    Video Formats
    I have a Sony Hard Drive video recorder and the problem is the file does not want to play on my mac. I was wondering if there is a program out there that changes the format

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    Might help if we knew what format it records to.

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    What software are you using (INCLUDING version)? What model number of camera?
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

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    .mpg and .avi are the file types i know off hand that iMovie will accept

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    the format is mpg

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    mpg plays fine on my mac in quicktime pro

    other apps you might want to try to view/convert it in are (in no particular order);

    VLC
    Visual hub
    ffmpegx

    and many more

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    I have ran into some MPG's that will not play. What worked for me with a lot of different video formats was to download and install Perian. It will allow Quicktime to play many different formats. Give it a try. Not sure with your mpg's from your camera, but worth a try.

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    MPEG Streamclip is another app that might be useful.
    CameraTime - Time lapse photography for novice and advanced users.

    When asking questions, post the version of your software. You'll receive better answers.

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