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    QuickTime Movies from Mac Play "Green" on Windows PC

    I have a handful of QuickTime movies that were originally stored on my iMac in my iMovie library I've brought over to my Windows PC (in hopes to eventually discontinue using the Mac and transition solely to the Windows PC). However, the files when played on the Windows PC are solid "green" through the entire video. When played in iMovie on the iMac, they play video just fine, and when played in QuickTime Player on the Mac, they also play just fine, although QuickTime Player goes through a lengthy "convert" process first. I've installed Switch Player on my PC (which is supposed to handle QuickTime movie playing better). The files are still "green".

    What do I need to do in order to get these movie files to play? Is there a missing codec in Windows that's on my iMac? Would VLC Player help if I installed that?

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    You could try installing the K-Lite MEGA codec pack, which includes "Media Player Classic" (I use MPC as my default player), but be sure to "decline" any extras as noted by the author on the download page. http://www.free-codecs.com/download/...codec_pack.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nathan Parker
    What do I need to do in order to get these movie files to play? Is there a missing codec in Windows that's on my iMac? Would VLC Player help if I installed that?
    IMO the easiest solution is likely to just download/install VLC. VLC will (should) play anything you throw at it, The only thing it will baulk at are corrupted media files (which, I've noticed, sometimes display as green or with heavy artefacts/stuttering).

    However, if you want to identify what's missing, have a look at MediaInfo. If you check out the screenshots you'll see it displays very detailed info for video and audio.

    Hope this helps...

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    Nathan: I second Rick's advice; just install VLC. It plays of all of my Quicktime movies without issues. Besides, Apple no longer supports Quicktime for Windows so you're better off uninstalling it; no more security patches.

    https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/alerts/TA16-105A
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/30566...cal-flaws.html

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    Great info. I'll install VLC and see what happens. I'm about to need to play some DVD's on my Surface Book, so I should probably get it installed anyway. :-)

    I couldn't remember the name of the codec pack for Windows, and I can look into that option if I still have issues, although I think VLC will handle everything OK.

    I believe the files are not corrupted since they play on the Mac. I do have backup copies of them, so if I still have issues, I can turn to those. I think it's more of a wonky codec.

    I haven't installed QuickTime Player on this PC. I'm trying to go as "Apple free" as possible any only install Apple apps I have to use (I had to breakdown and install iTunes and Bonjour). I installed Switch Player from Telestream instead. It's a decent player as well, although VLC should work even better.
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    Installing VLC Player did the trick. Everything is opening up beautifully and flawlessly now. I've set it as the default for MOV files.
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    The one use I needed the Pro version of QuickTime [paid-for] was for appending multi .mov parts into one file to play the movies from start to end without having to open each part separately. Can still get the free QT 7.9 for Windows.
    https://support.apple.com/kb/DL837?locale=en_US

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