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levelbest
01-22-2004, 01:35 PM
I just received a disk (CD) from my brother. It has numerous movie files that I would like to look at.He knows very little about Macs and I didn't know enough about Windows to say what kind of file type he should have saved in, in Windows, to have made this easier on my end.

First, is there a way that I can translate these files so that they will work on my Mac? I have tried ScreenCapture, QUICKTIME player, my old versions of Premier, Director, etc, and even MaclinkPlus (version 13).

Second, in the future how should I specify that he needs to save movie files for me to access them off of a CD in the future?

Thanks if you know.

lb

levelbest
01-22-2004, 02:08 PM
Here I am, replying to myself... http://forums.macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_rolleyes.gif

Anyway, I also have VPC 3.0. I have never installed it. It comes with Windows 95/98/Dos. Obviously as old as 8.0 but if it allowed me to open Windows files in the future, now that disk space has become cheap, perhaps that would work? I am still hoping for any suggestion to my first posting that there is another, easier way to do this.

lb

Damien
01-22-2004, 02:46 PM
How about using Windows Media player for Mac? Thats what I use.

Try here (http://www.microsoft.com/mac/otherproducts/otherproducts.aspx?pid=windowsmedia)

The only files I sometimes have issues with are .avi files. Many of them will play but some will not due to codec issues.

Damien,

Damien's Stuff (http://www.macmeisters.com/~damien/)

levelbest
01-22-2004, 03:19 PM
Thanks. I am downloading this now. I am also downloading something called ffmpegX. http://homepage.mac.com/major4/download.html Know anything abou this?

Thanks.

lb

Damien
01-22-2004, 04:22 PM
Might be good might be bad. Either way it is still beta-ware so be prepared.

Damien,

Damien's Stuff (http://www.macmeisters.com/~damien/)

levelbest
01-22-2004, 08:02 PM
The interface looks pretty good so far. Feels like it would be good. I haven't installed it yet...

I was hoping that the <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>...Windows Media player for Mac? <HR></BLOCKQUOTE> that you mentioned would do the trick. Unfortunately, the fun continues. It's supposed to be a Mac file. But it comes in a stuffed format ending in ".sitX". And guess what? Nothing I already have can do anything with it.

Man this has been a day it has... sheesh.

BTW, I have version 6.o of Stuffit expander. I know there is now a commercial 8.x non freeware package out but I think that still only has 6.x of the free expander. Can anybody verify this? And, can anyone suggest how I am to unstuff this thing?

(I'm not Jewish but,) Oy! Such a day! http://forums.macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

lb

rwm
01-22-2004, 09:06 PM
Hey lb

Try cNet downloads. (http://www.download.com/?legacy=cnet) better yet here. (http://download.com.com/3120-20-0.html?qt=Windows+Media&tg=dl-2003&search=+Go%2521+) HTH Randy

Damien
01-23-2004, 03:29 AM
My expander (which came with my G5) is version 7.0.3

I updated my Win Media player (OS X) last week at that link with no issues so I bet you have an expansion issue.

Damien,

Damien's Stuff (http://www.macmeisters.com/~damien/)

TZ
01-23-2004, 08:29 AM
I just downloaded MPLayer which looks a lot better than WMP.
http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10784