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Topic # 11117 4-Jan-2007 09:57 Send private message

Hi,
   I have been given a number of disc with video on them that I need to watch, however when I have viewed the contents of the DVD all the files have G64 file extensions. I have done a small amount of research and believe that these files are recorded in a Commodore 64 format, hence the 64. However when I try to view this on windows media player or any other player for that matter I get an error message stating that the file extension is not supported. When I seek the help it takes me to the microsoft site which is about as much use as a chocolate fire guard. Does anyone know if I can download a convertor or emulator with which to view these files. I only have 55 hrs of them to watch !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Cheers
Stebbo

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  Reply # 57015 5-Jan-2007 17:53 Send private message

Hi there ... I think you;ve gotten duff information about .G64

How big is each file ?

If these were .G64 files that are for Commodore 64 machines then they'll max out at about 174K in size and are almost certainly NOT going to be video, if they are Commodore files then they'll be disk images.

A Commodore 64 is a 20+ year old 8 bit computer .. I have a number of them .. great for playing old games on! :-)






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Reply # 57077 6-Jan-2007 06:25 Send private message

Cheers Mark,
                 I have looked at these files and they definately staste they are G64 files. I have checked them all and they are between 25 and 35 MB in size. I know they are video files because I know the source which has been videoed. It would seem that whoever took the various videos has used an old machine to process the videos. These are all the same but just different days of film.
If you know of a way which would allow me to convert them that would be a massive help
Cheers
Stebbo14

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  Reply # 57082 6-Jan-2007 11:12 Send private message

I feel I should point out that Windows recognition of file types has nothing to do with the format of the file.  You could rename the extension of any file with .g64, and XP would report it as a file of 'type' g64.  If you renamed the extension '.mov', XP would confidently label the thumbnail with a nice apple quicktime logo, even tho this is not the case.

I would suggest that this is what has happened here.  Try renaming the files to the format that you know into which they where encoded.



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  Reply # 57133 7-Jan-2007 04:46 Send private message

Thanks guys, but I received these disc and the files, which numb er about 75 are all G64 files so I haven't a clue what they were originally encoded in, other than to assume G64 extension. Also on the disc is an archive player, which is a cab exztension file but this will not olpen any kind of player with which to play these files. I believe that the discs have come from a source that is using an extremely old video cctv system. If that helps give anyone any more clues how to solve this I would be grateful
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Stebbo

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  Reply # 57153 7-Jan-2007 13:27 Send private message

Maybe you could google some of the contents of the file (at the beginning) and maybe you'll find page about file headers or something.



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Reply # 57211 8-Jan-2007 10:39 Send private message

Thanks. Now I might be being really thick here, but if I'm unable to open this file in the first place how do I goggle some of the contents

Cheers (and sorry if I'm being thick, always wsilling to learn :-) )

Stebbo


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  Reply # 57221 8-Jan-2007 12:55 Send private message

Stebbo14:

Thanks. Now I might be being really thick here, but if I'm unable to open this file in the first place how do I goggle some of the contents

Cheers (and sorry if I'm being thick, always wsilling to learn :-) )

Stebbo



Hiya,

Thought I'd chip in with something more useful for you ... go to this site: http://www.headbands.com/gspot/index.htm  and download Gspot, it's a very useful application despite the name.  It will tell you what codecs a video file is using, so if you drop one of your ".G64" files on it you might be able to narrow down what is supposed to be playing them.

You can also try VirtualDub http://virtualdub.sourceforge.net which again might be able to tell you what codec was used for your video AND if it knows it it can convert it to something more normal.

And finally there is the VLC Player which is a video player, transcoder, streamer etc etc .. it plays almost everything out there.

And if all that fails then just give your mate a kick for using such an arsey video format and get him to re-encode his porn some other way so the rest of us can share it!! ;-)

Regards

Mark







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Reply # 57560 11-Jan-2007 10:18 Send private message

Cheers Mark,
                  Thanks for the tips. I'll try those and let you knolw what works. Only wish it was a mate who filmed it and it was porn, becasue if it was I'd have found the answer long ago Tongue out however no such joy its all video surveillance from a goverment dept that has obviously been starved of funding hence it's using very old and crap equipment.
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Stebbo

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  Reply # 57620 11-Jan-2007 15:27

have you tried playing them with mplayer? (not windows media player)
google for 'mplayer win32' its the best movie player by a mile




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  Reply # 57677 11-Jan-2007 22:19 Send private message

Stebbo14: Cheers Mark,
                  Thanks for the tips. I'll try those and let you knolw what works. Only wish it was a mate who filmed it and it was porn, becasue if it was I'd have found the answer long ago Tongue out however no such joy its all video surveillance from a goverment dept that has obviously been starved of funding hence it's using very old and crap equipment.
Cheers
Stebbo

Hmmm, video surveilance kit normally uses propriatory video formats (ie. they nick somehthing then butcher it enough for it to be their own), you might be best finding out the manufacturer or the kit then dropping them an e-mail, maybe they'll have a stand-alone player ?

Good luck!




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