Blue movie. Older .mov files with Quicktime logo, don’t open in quicktime butPosted by Laurie Pepper on May 17, 2023 at 1:57 am
They will open just fine in VLC and they are blue. They are very very blue in color. Does anybody know how I can rescue these movie files?????
May 17, 2023 at 3:38 am
MOV is a container. You should check the codec in VLC Media Information. It may be an old codec that was manufacturer dependent. Another tool you can use to check the codec is MediaInfo available in the App Store. It could also be an old 32-bit codec no longer supported. There are a few other players you can check with to see if any can play/transcode it. Most important is to find out the codec first.
May 18, 2023 at 8:40 am
Adding to Craig’s excellent advice.
Quicktime for Windows is dead. I am suspecting that less development is going into it for Mac too.
There can be a number of issues, mainly security related or the original could have been produced using a specialist codec from companies like BlueFish444 or other similar board/camera manufacturers. These can be purchased.
I find with VLC on “professional file codecs” that it often on playback does not show an accurate colour space (gamma).
Out of interest, have you tried to export it out of VLC?
It will only give you MP4, but the quality might be high enough for your needs.
The alternative could be to try out Adobe Media Encoder or HandBrake (although the latter takes a fair bit of work to get going.
In my tool-box I have WinXConverter which should be able to do the job too – they also sell a Mac version of it – starts from free:
Hope that it works out for you.