I do not have a Mac, so not 100% sure of this... but
On Windows, capturing from miniDV tape creates a SINGLE file of the DV AVI flavor with an AVI file extension
As far as I know, a tape captured via Mac also creates a SINGLE file, containing DV AVI inside a MOV wrapper
If you have 2 files, with video in one and audio in the other, my understanding is that those files are not direct captures from tape... something else was done to the original file to then create 2 files
But, as I said, I don't have a Mac... so maybe someone else who does have a Mac and captures from miniDV will add to this discussion
Back to the Windows side... what version of Quicktime do you have installed?
In general, MOV files will open in PPro-Windows if you have Quicktime installed
As far as no extension... that COULD be a Windows configuration issue, since it is possible to tell Windows to "hide" file extensions
Finally, exactly what is inside that MOV wrapper?
Read Bill Hunt on a file type as WRAPPER http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
What is a CODEC... a Primer http://forums.adobe.com/thread/546811
What CODEC is INSIDE that file? http://forums.adobe.com/thread/440037
Report back with the codec details of your file, use the programs below... a screen
The only thing showing up in gspot with that (assumed) audio file is that it is quicktime.mov. This info appears in the container section, and no other info about the file pops up anywhere.
My Quicktime player is saying its ver 7.7.2
I do have Windows set to show all file extensions. I was surprised when it appeared off the USb drive with no extension when i am positive on the Mac I copied it from it was .mov.
Post a screen shot of Gspot's output.
Well, it looks like there's nothing actually in that file. No video, no audio.
Does the file even play when you open it inside of quicktime?
no, it says " the file is not something that Quicktime understands"
Was it captured using FCP? Do you know if it was captured as AIC? Because AIC is a codec that macs can capture in that PC's can't read.
Let's go back to the beginning...
>believe were imported directly from a mini DV tape
Do you actually know how the files were originally created?
As I said before, a MOV file created by a capture from tape SHOULD be one file containing audio and video... the .MOV designation SHOULD contain the same information as an .AVI file captured from tape on Windows
Are you able to talk to the person who did the original file capture, to find out exactly what he/she did?
Depending on whether they were set to display file extension on the mac they were made on, they might come to a PC with no extension or file association, but it should just be a question of adding .mov to the end. As for there being two seperate files, that's very strange. Is there definitely no audio in the larger file? What did you use to convert it?
The other possibility is that if it was generated on a mac, they might have digitised to ProRes, for which you need to update your quicktime to read. You can get the ProRes decoder for Windows here:
Macs can have type and creator codes, which is metadata that says what type of file it is and which app created it. Apple has largely backed away from this now in favor of file extensions, but what was useful about it was that files would open in the app that created them, so it was easy to distingush between an FCP .xml file and a .xml file created by another app.
You can get them recognized on the PC simply by adding a file extension. The reason those other files aren't working is because they are corrupt. If a file ends with "-av" it means that FCP wasn't able to capture it properly for some reason. You can ignore these files.