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  • Tom Ma

    September 11, 2010 at 2:41 am

    I have some much needed footage captured from tape years ago using the aurora card/codec. They are quicktime files.

    I highly doubt it, but anyone know any way of way to view these? Convert them?
    The latest drivers from the Aurora site are from 2006! Needless to say they are now working on my OSX 10.6 Intel Mac.

    Any help would be much appreciated.. I would hate to lose this footage!

  • John Pale

    September 11, 2010 at 3:05 am

    If you don’t already have a Kona or Blackmagic card, download the software only codec (from either).

    I believe using that you may be able to open it. If not, you will need to find someone with a PowerPC Mac and install the aurora codec package on it. Aurora went out if business before Apple went Intel and never wrote Intel codecs.

  • Tom Ma

    September 11, 2010 at 3:17 am

    Thanks John. I do have a Blackmagic card and drivers, but seems it does not work.

    I guess I have to hunt down a PowerPC Mac and reinvent the wheel.
    Lesson learned on saving quality footage for the future in 3rd party codecs.

  • John Pale

    September 11, 2010 at 6:02 am

    I have no way of testing it, as I no longer have any Aurora files, but I seem to vaguely remember that Digital Voodoo and Aurora could open each others files

    If you are feeling lucky, try installing this..


  • Tom Ma

    September 11, 2010 at 7:29 am

    Thanks John. I will give it a shot, and post what my result is.


  • John Kaley

    September 11, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    I have an old Aurora system that is functional. How much footage is it?

  • John Pale

    September 11, 2010 at 4:22 pm

    [Tom Masters] “Thanks John. I will give it a shot, and post what my result is. “

    Thanks. I am curious as to whether it will work. I would uninstall the component after use. It might interfere with the Blackmagic Component.

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