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    Question Old MPEG-4 files
    A few years ago I created (converted) some videos to mp4. At the time, I had no trouble playing the videos using the Mac provided Quicktime player. Now Quicktime Player (Vers 10) cannot open those files. I also tried 4 or 5 different video converters with no success. I also tried the OS 10 utility "File Viewer". The files all have the extension, ".mp4". The Finder thumbnail displays the Quicktime logo, "MPEG-4 video", and the file size in GB.

    I tried opening the files in Quicktime Player v7, but it only recognizes files with the ".mov" extension.

    Any suggestions?

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    Pretty sure you can open these with VLC:
    https://www.videolan.org/index.html

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    Quote Originally Posted by gsahli View Post
    Pretty sure you can open these with VLC:
    https://www.videolan.org/index.html
    VLC was one of the converters I tried without success.

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    Try changing a copy of one file to the extension of m4v? Or, you should be able to use Handbrake to convert the files?

    https://handbrake.fr
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    If you use Disk Utility to run Disk First Aid on the drive that contains the files are any errors reported?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ferrarr View Post
    Try changing a copy of one file to the extension of m4v? Or, you should be able to use Handbrake to convert the files?

    https://handbrake.fr
    Tried both. No luck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slydude View Post
    If you use Disk Utility to run Disk First Aid on the drive that contains the files are any errors reported?
    Ran Disk First Aid. Did not help.

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    Would this thread be better off in Digital Lifestyles/Movies and Videos?

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    Quote Originally Posted by John DeYulia View Post
    Would this thread be better off in Digital Lifestyles/Movies and Videos?
    That's where it is now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    That's where it is now.
    John's not hallucinating. I moved the thread after I read his post.

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    I located one of the problem files on my backup hard drive, copied it to computer's drive and suceeded in opening it with Quicktime Player. Now I'm searching the backup drive for the other files.

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    Good thinking.
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