Project files, most likely no... video files, MAYBE yes, as long as some proprietary codec was not used (early versions of files digitized from tape using a Pinnacle DV500 used a codec that would not work on a computer that did not have a DV500)
To (hopefully) identify the video clips...
1st - coming from a Mac, you need Quicktime on your Windows PC
2nd - A screen shot works well to SHOW people what you are doing
Thanks for your reply - I am not great with computers, and my husband is worse - I use a pc myself so can't get to grips with his mac at all, and he only knows how to do a few things - making videos is pretty much all he used it for...
I don't know what codec the files would be - they are created from video tapes using Adobe Premiere 6.5- he says with the 'capture' function. They do not work with latest Quick time versions...any ideas what they might be?
They have no file extension, and when I import them to my pc they just show up as 'file'.
>They do not work with latest Quick time versions...any ideas what they might be?
Yes... go back and re-read what I said about the Pinnacle DV500
>created from video tapes using Adobe Premiere 6.5- he says with the 'capture' function
Capture with what hardware?
Going back to the P6.5 time frame, I do not think there was any such thing as a digital tape camera (could be wrong) so what hardware is he using to translate from analog tape to digital computer file?
>have no file extension
That is either VERY odd, or you have not enabled your Windows Explorer (or File Manager in Win8, I think) to SHOW you the extensions (I think the default is to hide extensions, and only show the file name)
Both of the programs I linked (Mediainfo and Gspot) are free... so you may download and install and then point the program to the file to see what it tells you... my 1st link is how to post a screen shot so people may SEE what you have
To tell Windows Explorer you want to see file extensions, search Microsoft http://search.microsoft.com/search.aspx?mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US
If it was captured on a mac with Premiere 6.5 is must be a SD mov.
Dont think macs used capture cards like matrox or Pinnacle.
I don't believe that Macs use file extensions, or at least they didn't used to do so.
Step 1 should be to rename them to include the .mov extension. Your PC might complain that they will no longer work if you change the extension. Ignore that.
Once they are named properly for a PC, try them in Quicktime again.
I had to use files captured by a Mac back in 2004 in Premiere Pro 1.5 and I was able to read them and export them to DV AVI without a hassle or any discernable loss.