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can't view videos using vls or real player

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  1. Johnramuno

    Johnramuno Thread Starter

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    Hi,

    I have a Mac Mini and I am using a Liteon external player to view multiple videos created by my granddaughter on her Mac from the built in camera on the Mac (monitor). There are also many videos created in the same manner but activated remotely (HACKED!!) by her father who is being charged with cyber crimes. Problem, the father has created many videos of my granddaughter and friends, but has somehow hidden them - I believe this is called "stacking" - behind "normal looking" videos probably randomly created from the internet. I have downloaded VLC and REAL PLAYER, and have only been able to view the videos my granddaughter created, which all have "picture icons", but the other videos some of which also have picture icons, and some only the Quick Time logo, CANNOT be opened, and when attempted, I only get a message saying the (VLC or Real Player, or QT) can't open, or that the video can't be read, or that it is incompatible, etc.

    I need to find the "hidden/stacked" videos to open them to find evidence of the father's hacking and child porn crimes. I'm not a real computer genius and have no idea how to view these videos. Apple techs say the videos might be corrupted, and therefore can't be opened - is this true - or can anyone help me open them?

    Thanks,

    John Ramuno 385-985-9033
     
  2. Headrush

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    The video very well could be corrupted, usually if VLC can't open it, it won't work.

    As to the files somehow being hacked to appear as something else, it's really hard to say without having access to one to look at it, there are just too many options or things that could have been done to them.

    You could download a tool like Media Inspector and see if you can get the codec information from the video files that could be useful if they are indeed non-corrupted video files.
     
  3. Johnramuno

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    Thanks,

    I'll try to get Media Inspector
    but don't know if I will understand how to get codec information from the video files. Any way I could CALL you and have you walk me through this if i continue to get no results?

    John
     
  4. Headrush

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    Getting the info from Media Inspector is really easy.

    Once you open a file with it you will see something like this:

    [​IMG]

    The info you need is Codec (Human Name), which in this case is AVC.
    Once you have that we can see if it's a video file we can work with.
     
  5. Johnramuno

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    This is what i'm getting from videos that i CAN'T open with message "doesn't recognize format???

    format : MPEG-PS
    File size : 114 KiB
    Duration : 400ms
    Overall bit rate : 2 335 Kbps

    Video
    ID : 224 (0xE0)
    Format : MPEG Video
    Format version : Version 2
    Format profile : [email protected]
    Format settings, BVOP : Yes
    Format settings, Matrix : Default
    Duration : 400ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 2 000 Kbps
    Width : 720 pixels
    Height : 480 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 4:3
    Frame rate : 29.970 fps
    Standard : NTSC
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
     
  6. Johnramuno

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    Here is another one. In menu comes as a mini picture of it, and I can play it but I need to see if something is hidden behind it (stacked?) and don't know how or if possible.

    General
    Complete name : /Volumes/8772 - Data/mp4/file000021.mp4
    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
    Codec ID : mp42
    File size : 25.2 KiB
    Duration : 66ms
    Overall bit rate : 3 131 Kbps
    Encoded date : UTC 2005-10-29 02:13:32
    Tagged date : UTC 2005-10-29 02:13:32

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : MPEG-4 Visual
    Format profile : [email protected]
    Format settings, BVOP : Yes
    Format settings, QPel : No
    Format settings, GMC : No warppoints
    Format settings, Matrix : Default (H.263)
    Codec ID : 20
    Duration : 66ms
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 3 009 Kbps
    Nominal bit rate : 1 000 Kbps
    Width : 300 pixels
    Height : 300 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 1.000
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 15.000 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 2.229
    Stream size : 24.5 KiB (97%)
    Language : English
    Encoded date : UTC 2005-10-29 02:13:32
    Tagged date : UTC 2005-10-29 02:13:32
     
  7. Johnramuno

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    Her is another one, has quick time logo menu image, and when attempted to open, I get an, "unable to open message", with "you may need to add more software." I think there may be hidden video under ones like this.

    General
    Complete name : /Volumes/8772 - Data/mp4/file000811.mp4
    Format : MPEG-4
    Format profile : Base Media / Version 2
    Codec ID : mp42
    File size : 90.4 KiB
    Duration : 4mn 45s
    Overall bit rate : 2 592 bps
    Encoded date : UTC 2012-01-04 00:30:15
    Tagged date : UTC 2012-01-04 00:30:15

    Video
    ID : 1
    Format : AVC
    Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
    Format profile : [email protected]
    Format settings, CABAC : No
    Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
    Codec ID : avc1
    Codec ID/Info : Advanced Video Coding
    Duration : 4mn 45s
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 405 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate : 818 Kbps
    Width : 640 pixels
    Height : 360 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 16:9
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 29.970 fps
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Progressive
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.059
    Stream size : 13.8 MiB
    Tagged date : UTC 2012-01-04 00:30:15

    Audio
    ID : 2
    Format : AAC
    Format/Info : Advanced Audio Codec
    Format profile : LC
    Codec ID : 40
    Duration : 4mn 45s
    Bit rate mode : Variable
    Bit rate : 303645602273
    Nominal bit rate : 96.0 Kbps
    Maximum bit rate : 128 Kbps
    Channel(s) : 2 channels
    Channel positions : Front: L R
    Sampling rate : 44.1 KHz
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Stream size : 9.86 ?iB
    Title : IsoMedia File Produced by Google, 5-11-2011
    Encoded date : UTC 2012-01-04 00:30:15
    Tagged date : UTC 2012-01-04 00:30:15
     
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