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Old 08-23-2009, 12:39 PM   #1
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I just received a DVD of videos from my 50th high school reunion (which I did not attend), but it is in Windows Media Player 11, which does not run on a Mac.

Is there any Mac player that can read those files? Or convert them to something I can play?

   
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I think you should be able to view it if you have the Flip4Mac plugin installed for QuickTime. You can get the plugin (free) here:

http://www.microsoft.com/windows/win...omponents.mspx

   
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Windows Media Player 11 isn't a file format, it's a program that can play various media files in various formats. What's the extension of the files on the DVD? That'll tell you what file type they are, and from that you can work out what might play 'em for you.

   
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Windows Media Player 11 isn't a file format, it's a program that can play various media files in various formats. What's the extension of the files on the DVD? That'll tell you what file type they are, and from that you can work out what might play 'em for you.
Aha! Thanks.

When I open the CD (not a DVD, it turns out) I see five directories: CDI, EXT, MPEGAV, SEGMENT, and VCD.

CDI is empty.

EXT has two files: LOT_X.VCD and PSC_X.VCD

MPEGAV has 14 files all ending in.DAT; SEGMENT has one .DAT file

VCD has four files whose names end in .VCD

I have QuickTime 7, and just ordered the Pro version to see if that helps.

   
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I think you should be able to view it if you have the Flip4Mac plugin installed for QuickTime.
Thanks. I have that and it usually works, but not in this case. I checked the MS site to see what it works with, and the highest version number is 9 — not, alas, 11.

My friend did include a note with the disc that says “Only plays on coputer media player ver. 11” so I guess I was forewarned.

I just ordered QT 7 Pro. Had been meaning to do it, anyway. And maybe it will work with this thing. Or not.

   
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Kathleen--

According to This website the .VCD extension indicates a Windows video disk image format (presumably similar to the Mac .dmg format), so you would need an application that can extract the disk image(s). The .DAT extensions apparently indicate the data stream of the videos. The same website suggests a freeware program for Mac OSX called "VCDGear" to open the .DAT files. You can download the VCDGear program from versiontracker. According to the versiontracker description, it appears to be a command-line application, but the user reviews are positive (OS requirements list 10.4 as the highest OSX version; dunno if it will run on 10.5). The file is only 154 KB, so probably worth a try.

   
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… a freeware program for Mac OSX called "VCDGear" to open the .DAT files. You can download the VCDGear program from versiontracker. According to the versiontracker description, it appears to be a command-line application, but the user reviews are positive (OS requirements list 10.4 as the highest OSX version; dunno if it will run on 10.5). The file is only 154 KB, so probably worth a try.
Merci! I will give it a try. My old G4 is running 10.4 and it has a disc drive.

These are not essential images, but it bugs me that I cannot get at them.

   
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