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Old May 28, 2006, 12:06 AM   #1
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Hey

When I record a video on my digital camera (Kodak easyshare Z730) it comes as a quicktime file. Now that's been ok because I've just been converting them into avi files with rad video tools so I could bring them into movie maker and play them in WMP.

Today we used my friend's 512mb Panasonic SD card in my camera so we could have longer videos. So I copied the videos onto my computer and tried to convert them. It converted into the avi file properly but windows media player won't play them. It says "Windows media player cannot play the file. One or more codecs required to play the file could not be found". When I try to bring them them into movie maker it says "[file name]" could not be imported. The selected file is not valid or is corrupted."

It wouldn't be a codec problem though, because when I took the SD card out and used my camera's internal 32mb memory and recorded a video and converted it, media player played that fine. Also when I right click, go to properties then summary on one of the files from the SD card which I converted, there's no info there. On the ones from the 32mb internal memory which I converted though, they have all the info in summary, like the width, height etc.

So basically when I convert the files into AVI when using the ones off the SD card they won't play. The internal memory ones will though but I can only have 2 min videos with that. Oh and also the quicktime files from the SD card still play, it's only when I convert them to avi that they won't work.

Does anyone know what's going on? Could it be that it has to be a Kodak branded SD card to work? It's something to do with it being off that Panasonic SD card. :?



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Old May 28, 2006, 5:58 AM   #2
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I don't quite understand why this would happen but it may be an SD card thing. Do you have DIVX player or DIVX codec installed on your system? That will usually play most AVI files. I would give that a shot and see, it's a free download so it won't cost anything to try it out.

http://www.divx.com

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Old May 28, 2006, 7:08 AM   #3
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Forgot to mention that I already tried using a different program. I used one called VLC which has alot of codecs in it. It still didn't work though.

Do some SD cards have some sort of content protection thing which stops you from converting it correctly? Or do I need to buy a Kodak SD card seeing as my camera is Kodak to do it properly.

There has to be some sort of way to fix this so I'm just able to convert a video off the darn SD card.
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Old May 28, 2006, 8:29 AM   #4
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SeveringDozza wrote:
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Do some SD cards have some sort of content protection thing...
All SD ("Secure" Digital) cards have that DRM scheisse thing.

I guess getting videos from internal memory requires connecting camera directly to PC... but do you use separate reader for SD cards?

And that might well cause these problems, I think one part of that "secure" is way to limit accessing files saved to card with other devices than that which was used to record files.


You can try using Media Player Classic.
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi...er_classic.cfm

Also ffdshow can replace most separate codecs. (except Real Alternative and Quick Alternative)
http://www.afterdawn.com/software/vi...rs/ffdshow.cfm

GSpot tells what codecs file uses and what you have installed on PC.
http://www.free-codecs.com/download_soft.php?d=1907&s=6



Now try to remember that DRM ain't any right management, it's all about screwing consumers and their rights regardless what corporationistic mafia of copyright claims. Do you want bet that you can play your DRM raped music ten years from now? (without paying them again)
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Old May 29, 2006, 1:58 AM   #5
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What do you mean by seperate reader for SD cards? I just did the same thing I did with internal memory but with an SD card in it.
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Old May 29, 2006, 2:55 AM   #6
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So you copied videos from card through camera... or did you convert files directly from card?


And use GSpot to check what codecs (4CC codes) that unplayable file uses.


Also you could always use Quicktime Alternative for playing those files when original files work.
http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...lternative.htm
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Old May 29, 2006, 5:06 PM   #7
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This site has an interesting and very useful program called Video Inspector.

http://www.kcsoftwares.com/

Basically, the program will 'inspect' any video file and tell you all sorts of interesting things about it, including format, codec used/required, resolution, bit rate, etc.

It will even burn your video to CD/DVD.
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Old May 31, 2006, 2:33 AM   #8
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Thanks for the help guys but I've fixed it now. I converted it with a program called mediacoder.
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