Long story short a friend of mine needs help and I offered to put his problem on this forum:
"mpeg 2 is the standard definition DVD codec. I have it. every computer has it
. the problem is this ******* put that in an HD MOV container which
is not supposed to happen. So the computer isn't recognizing it as anything
because the computer is trying to play a quicktime file when it's really an MPEG 2 file in disguise...
It's like having a file that SAYS it's a .mp3 file, but it's really an AAC file or some other random unused audio format
so the computer doesn't know how to play it because it's confused
i tried changing the extension manually from .mov to .avi to .mpg and to .mp4 and that didn't work"
Unfortunately he doesn't have the original footage, I think the problem might just be that the files are corrupt but I don't know.
Any help/ideas are appreciated,
For the record, MOV is more of a file format than a video format. An MOV file can contain many varied kinds of video, including MPEG.