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Nov 24, 2018 19:18:51   #
foathog
 
Does loading Quicktime on a PC help someone read videos from a MAC? I've sent videos to people and some of them are unable to read it and all of them have PCs. Where should I send them to get the download if necessary?

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Nov 24, 2018 19:25:48   #
bsprague (a regular here)
 
There are variables in computer and software configurations that make your question hard to answer. I think your better option is to figure out how to make MP4 files with the H.264 codec because it is so universal.

Quicktime can help in some cases with MOV files.

Get Quicktime for PC here: https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US

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Nov 24, 2018 19:31:29   #
foathog
 
Even thought I've had an Apple Computer since 1993 I've learned a few things but I have NOT become a computer geek (and wouldn't care to). so when you say "figure out how to make MP4 files with the H.264 codec because it is so universal"....You might just as well be speaking Swahili. LOL

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Nov 24, 2018 20:47:53   #
a6k (a regular here)
 
Have them download and install VLC from https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html. If there is nothing wrong with your files then it will read them very well. It is open-source (AKA free) and cross-platform. It will almost never balk at a video format so it solved the "codex" and similar problems.

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Nov 24, 2018 21:24:58   #
bsprague (a regular here)
 
foathog wrote:
Even thought I've had an Apple Computer since 1993 I've learned a few things but I have NOT become a computer geek (and wouldn't care to). so when you say "figure out how to make MP4 files with the H.264 codec because it is so universal"....You might just as well be speaking Swahili. LOL

If you're makin' videos, it can't be Swahili! What is your video software?

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Nov 25, 2018 05:31:16   #
foathog
 
bsprague wrote:
If you're makin' videos, it can't be Swahili! What is your video software?


Actually I'm sending videos that I've seen online. Like I said some can read them and some can't. and that's why I'm thinking that it's something that they don't have on their computer.

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Nov 25, 2018 08:20:22   #
Burtzy
 
foathog wrote:
Actually I'm sending videos that I've seen online. Like I said some can read them and some can't. and that's why I'm thinking that it's something that they don't have on their computer.
If you'e forwarding the files through email, it may be that the process is corrupting the files. It has happened to me in the past, where one of several people could not read the file because it was corrupted in some fashion. The simplest solution is to re-forward the file to the person who couldn't open it. It usually but not always works.

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Nov 25, 2018 09:50:16   #
fourlocks
 
I always found it annoying that an iMac can read any PC format but PCs can only read "their own" format. When I send anyone a document I wrote on my iMac or photo I stored in iPhotos, I first have to convert the document from iMac's "pages" format, to Microsoft's docx format and export the photo in jpeg format. I would imagine it's the same for videos where you'll have to export the video as an MP4 but like documents and photos, that should be an offered option when you export the file.

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Nov 25, 2018 10:19:26   #
foathog
 
Thanks for your advice everyone.

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Nov 25, 2018 10:20:15   #
markngolf (a regular here)
 
I you want to send an online video, just copy the url (from the address bar in the browser) and paste that into an email. Your recipients should be able to view the video. I do that frequently, including posts on UHH.
Mark
foathog wrote:
Actually I'm sending videos that I've seen online. Like I said some can read them and some can't. and that's why I'm thinking that it's something that they don't have on their computer.

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Nov 25, 2018 11:06:10   #
bsprague (a regular here)
 
foathog wrote:
Actually I'm sending videos that I've seen online. Like I said some can read them and some can't. and that's why I'm thinking that it's something that they don't have on their computer.


That is an entirely different situation. Don't tell people to install Quicktime for that.

What is your process when you send a video?

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Nov 25, 2018 11:43:08   #
foathog
 
bsprague wrote:
That is an entirely different situation. Don't tell people to install Quicktime for that.

What is your process when you send a video?


I will make a bookmark of it and keep it in my favorites list. and then drag that bookmark into the email I"m sending into the "Drop Attachments" area. This has always worked for me in the past

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Nov 25, 2018 11:51:41   #
bsprague (a regular here)
 
foathog wrote:
I will make a bookmark of it and keep it in my favorites list. and then drag that bookmark into the email I"m sending into the "Drop Attachments" area. This has always worked for me in the past


Consider using the bookmark to open the target in a new window and then dragging the url into the email.

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Nov 25, 2018 11:57:51   #
nadelewitz (a regular here)
 
a6k wrote:
Have them download and install VLC from https://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-windows.html. If there is nothing wrong with your files then it will read them very well. It is open-source (AKA free) and cross-platform. It will almost never balk at a video format so it solved the "codex" and similar problems.


I second the VLC recommendation. Fantastic program. It's for Windows, Linux and Mac, too.

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Nov 25, 2018 12:06:05   #
bsprague (a regular here)
 
nadelewitz wrote:
I second the VLC recommendation. Fantastic program. It's for Windows, Linux and Mac, too.

VLC is good. That's not the OP's issue. The OP is sending links to online videos. Those are viewed in the recipients browser of choice. The issue is getting accurate links in the email. VLC is only useful if the entire video is transferred to the recipients computer.

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