.mov videos don't work in Vista, can't convert

Discussion in 'Windows Vista Music, Pictures and Video' started by Silverwire, Mar 21, 2008.

  1. Silverwire

    John Inzer Guest

    Working with video can be extremely confusing
    and you just have to learn as much as you can
    and make your own choices.

    MediaConvert is an online converter and is
    quite simple to use. You do not have to install

    If you wish to try it...read the following:

    1) In the "File" window...click the "Browse"
    button and navigate to the .mov file you
    wish to convert. When you select the
    file...the path will appear in the 'File' field.

    2) The "Input field" should automatically
    show..."Apple Quicktime (.mov)" leave it
    as is...

    3) "Output format" has two drop windows...
    the field on the left will display, "No video
    preset"...leave it as is...

    4) In the next drop window to the right
    you can choose the format you wish to
    convert to...try:

    Audio Video Interleave (.avi)

    5) Left click the blue OK button.

    Now...wait for the file to be converted.
    (be patient)

    When the conversion is complete you will see:

    File successfull converted !

    Left click the Download button...the Save As
    screen will appear...left click the Save button /
    Choose a folder to save in...left click the Save
    button. When the file is downloaded you should
    be able to play it with Windows Media Player
    and it should be compatible with Movie maker.

    That's it! Good luck.

    Not sure how the question on SP1 applies to this
    issue. Maybe the following forum would be a better
    place to discuss SP1:

    Windows Vista Service Pack 1 (SP1)
    Use this forum for all issues related to Windows Vista SP1

    John Inzer
    Digital Media MVP

    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
    John Inzer, May 19, 2008
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    PapaJohn Guest

    I don't use Media Convert....

    The new Expression Encoder 2 works on either XP or Vista.... you need SP1 of
    XP, but not SP1 of Vista.

    On a fresh install of my Vista Ultimate system, the Encoder can't handle an
    MOV file as there's no codec for it.... to get a codec, I install iTunes
    with the optional Quick Time Player, which is enough for the Encoder to then
    convert MOV files to WMV.
    PapaJohn, May 19, 2008
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  3. Silverwire

    PapaJohn Guest

    .... I'm not sure which version of XP is needed. I guess it's not important
    as this is a Vista newsgroup.
    PapaJohn, May 19, 2008
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    SB Mull Guest

    I had a similar problem. I received a video with .mov extension. It would
    open just fine on my pc with XP, but would not open on the PC with Vista.
    Finally, I figured out that I needed to add Quick Time to the Vista PC and I
    did. However, now I can't find any way to add the .mov extension to the list
    of file/program associations. Did Vista drop this user flexibility option
    along with all the other stuff, or am I just missing something?
    SB Mull, Jun 24, 2008
  5. Silverwire

    Dave Guest

    Just right-click on a .mov file, and select Open...
    then click on "Select a program from a list of installed programs".
    Then select Quicktime (click on "Browse" if it's not listed, and you have to
    look for the program).
    [x] Always use the selected program to open this kind of file

    However, if you installed the QuickTime player, it should have associated
    itself with .mov files already.
    Dave, Jun 24, 2008
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    SB Mull Guest

    Thanks. What you said is what I expected to happen. However, Windows Mail
    (where I received the file) doesn't give me the option to select a program or
    to browse. When I right click, I get to choose to open, then I get the error
    message that there is no program to open it. I thought I might save it, then
    go from there, but when I tried that, the only file type offered is 'mail
    attachment'. Could my problem now be related to using Mail? I already know
    it doesn't do a bunch of stuff that OE did and I really didn't expect the
    additional expense of having to purchase Outlook in order to get reliable
    e-mail on all my computers. I have downloaded LIVE but don't see the
    advantage of having to have a 'live' and 'hotmail' account I don't want.
    Sigh! The disappointments with Vista continue.

    SB Mull, Jun 25, 2008
  7. Silverwire

    Dave Guest

    Yes, save the attachment to a folder first.
    In the preview window, click on the paperclip, and select Save Attachments.
    or, if you have the message open in it's own window (which I never do),
    right-click on the Attach: field, select Save All..

    Then use Windows Explorer to go to the folder where you saved it.
    Don't try to save it to "My Documents, or any of the old familiar XP

    You don't have to have a Hotmail or Live account to use Windows Live Mail.
    But WLM is newer, and is being updated, whereas Windows Mail is not. And
    WLM generally works better.

    If you want an alternative to WM or WLM, you might look at Thunderbird.
    It's what I use for my main email account.

    Vista Home Premium 32 SP1

    Dave, Jun 25, 2008
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    Taf56 Guest

    Gspot 'GSpot - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GSpot) will check the files and see if yo
    have codecs required.... and if they are not broken.

    I come accross this "I can't play mov files" quite often... it'
    because they are DivX or Xvid codec files.

    Just download the DivX free kit and try again... 'DivX Video Player
    DivX Video Codec - DivX Converter' (http://www.divx.com/
    Taf56, Jun 25, 2008
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    JAC Guest

    I fully agree with your statement!
    JAC, Nov 16, 2008
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    MOV is a very varied file format by Apple. I would suggest talking to

    If not, you would probably want to ask Apple how to convert it to a
    different file type that might be easier to use/work with.
    zachd [MSFT], Nov 16, 2008
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    Curious Guest

    If you google on

    ..mov to .mpg converter

    You will get lots of hits some of which may be of interest.
    Also it appears that you can play .mov files in QuickTime on Windows.
    I have a friend that said he just changed the .mov suffix to .mpg
    and it worked. It surprised me but its worth a try at least.
    Curious, Nov 16, 2008
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    zachd [MSFT] Guest

    There is a subset of files that will work like that, but ... MOV refers to a
    very large set of potential subtypes, and thus this approach will also often
    fail. =\
    zachd [MSFT], Nov 17, 2008
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    billabc Guest

    billabc, Jul 28, 2009
  14. Silverwire

    brikendor Guest

    Old hat. I can get them to load into WMM for editing without prior
    conversion. I posted this fact in June of last year and asked for help with
    one small aspect but none was forthcoming. I solved the problem myself.
    It works with the shipped version of WPG on Home Premium. I have been using
    it successfully for over a year. I promised Papajohn I would let him know
    how I got on.

    If you read this, John, please be assured that I have retained all the

    I shall be unavailable for a while.
    brikendor, Jul 28, 2009
  15. Silverwire

    brikendor Guest

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    PapaJohn Guest

    I'm following your story.... waiting for the next chapter.
    PapaJohn, Jul 28, 2009
  17. Silverwire

    John Inzer Guest

    How do you import an Apple QuickTime .mov
    into Movie Maker without conversion?


    J. Inzer MS-MVP
    Digital Media Experience

    This is not tech support
    I am a volunteer

    Solutions that work for
    me may not work for you

    Proceed at your own risk
    John Inzer, Jul 29, 2009
  18. Silverwire

    brikendor Guest

    Beatles' fan. You know what they say about one bad apple.

    I have made a video entitled "Save $29.99". That may well still be the
    price of Quick Time Pro. I can't be bothered to check.
    brikendor, Jul 29, 2009
  19. Silverwire

    brikendor Guest

    I forgot to mention that I have been dependent on social security for over
    twenty years and so cannot afford Quick Time Pro. Hence I had to find a
    workaround. I use it exclusively for the .mov files from my Kodak Eastman
    stills camera - anything played on QT Player becomes distinctly wobbly.
    brikendor, Jul 29, 2009
  20. Silverwire

    brikendor Guest

    What the **** has happened to Live Mail. I'm getting really fucking pissed
    off trying to send the same post over and over HARE KRISHNA HARE KRISHNA
    day. BURN YOURSELVES IN FRONT WHITE HOUSE. CBS News best program for MP4.
    Make whole world happy.

    Now to get back to the theme I started before this shit interposed itself
    brikendor, Jul 29, 2009
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