There H.264 but "Unable to open file"

Raymond Day

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I have a Night Owl DVR Security system. Can save it's video to a USB flash drive. The file names end in .264 but when I went to open one with VideoReDo bata I still get a "Unable to open file" I don't know why when a H.264 is right on the start up of VideoReDo.

Any one know what could be wrong.

I did a little screen print and will put it in here. My help.



It would be super to edit the video from this with VideoReDo. I upgraded to the H.264 thinking it would.

-Raymond Day
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
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Are you running the latest beta? If not upgrade and see if it helps.

Dan
 

Raymond Day

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It's is beta.

Under help about about it shows this:

VideoReDo TVSuite

Copyright (C) 2003 - 2010 DRD Systems, Inc.

Registered to: Trial Copy

Version: 4.20.6.614 - Feb 12 2011 AVP-On

This software uses libraries from the FFmpeg project under the LGPLv2.1
I have pyTivo.py running under Linux. All most any video type it can send to my TiVo. But I just tested the .264 videos and it don't even see them. I renamed one to .mp4 and .avi but TiVo just does a can't play icon.

I could put a link to a small test video from my Night Owl system up here is any one wants to test what can play it and if VideoReDo can edit it.

-Raymond Day
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
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The .264 videos are most likely H.264 elementary streams. You need to mux them into a supported container, with an audio stream, or you will not be able to open them in VideoReDo.

Dan
 

Raymond Day

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I downloaded the MediaInfo. Installed and ran it. Picked on of the Night Owl videos. It don't have audio in any video. The box I have can record 8 videos at a time on a 500GB hard drive. But only video.

Here is a text dump of the MediaInfo on of the the videos from the Night Owl system.

General
Complete name : F:\RecordFile\ch00000000000001-110301-124700-124700-12p101000000.264
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
File size : 5.31 MiB

Video
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : Baseline@L2.0
Format settings, CABAC : No
Format settings, ReFrames : 1 frame
Width : 352 pixels
Height : 240 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 3:2
Standard : NTSC
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Progressive
-Raymond Day
 

Raymond Day

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There is a program that came with my Night Owl. Here is a link what system I have.

It says right on the box "Compact 8 channel H.264 Digital Video Recorder with smart phone access" So I thought VideoReDo could edit the videos from it.

The program that came with it is "Playback - Version 2.3.0.4" Can convert the videos to AVI. But then VideoReDo says "AVI files are not yet supported." It converts them fast so I am think it's just changing a little in the video not sure.

I hope the MediaInfo data will help to know why can't edit it in VideoReDo H.264. When it says that right on the box of the system.

-Raymond Day
 

Raymond Day

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The system I have is this Night owl at this link.

It says right on the box "Compact 8 channel H.264 Digital Video Recorder" So I thought VideoReDo H.264 could edit the videos.

It came with a program named "Playback - Version 2.3.0.4" It can convert the videos to AVI but then VideoReDo says "AVI files are not yet supported."

I hope the MediaInfo text helps to know why VideoReDo H.265 can't open them.

Is ther some program that will convert them? Sort of like VideoReDo can were it don't re-incode the video.

-Raymond Day
 

Raymond Day

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O wow it that why because it don't have sound in the video? Wow they should fix this in VideoReDo then.

Or any one know how can add sound to a video file?

-Raymond Day
 

Danr

Administrator
Staff member
O wow it that why because it don't have sound in the video? Wow they should fix this in VideoReDo then.
The reason we don't edit elementary streams, especially for H.264 is that H.264 elementary streams typically don't have a time stamps in the them, and therefore can't be accurately searched.

Can you upload a copy of you .264 file to our FTP site? I'd like to see if it has any time stamps in the stream. If so, maybe there's something we can do with it.

FTP information can be found in the forum page, and don't forget to email us a support @ ... with the upload information as well.
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
Staff member
You'd need to create a silent audio stream that is exactly the same length as the video segments, then mux them together using something like tsMuxeR. I'm not sure how exactly you'd create the silent audio stream, but perhaps the program Audacity could do it?

Dan
 

Raymond Day

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I will have to find how to FTP one video to you. But I think they do have time stamps in them. Because the player show right were the time and date is on each file. In the video they have the time and date by the sec. Too. But that's right on the video. But the player knows right were to put them with time and date.

Going to look how to FTP one now.

-Raymond Day
 

Raymond Day

New member
I just uploaded a small video from my Night Owl H.264 Video Recorder. Used WinSCP it worked good in FTP mode. Sent a e-mail and a little txt file with the link and info.

I did find "tsMuxeR" Install it. "GUI 1.10.6" but when I open a video in it is says "Unsupported format" "Can't detect stream type."

O hope they can find out how to get VideoReDo to work with the Night Owl videos. They have the small FTP video file now.

-Raymond Day
 

Raymond Day

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Just did a test with "movAVI Video Suite -9.4" converted a .264 video to .mp4 and it does it super fast because it can use the video card as a CPU too. It's drop down menu what to convert it to I picked H.264 and it ends the file name in .mp4

Then I can drag and drop that mp4 video in VideoReDo and it works real good. It still don't have sound so that can't be why VideoReDo will not work with the RAW H.264 video from it.

-Raymond Day
 

Dan203

Senior Developer
Staff member
That tool must be adding an audio track. Our MP4 reader specifically checks that there is at least one audio track in the file or it returns an error. The only way it would open is if there is an audio stream, even if it's completely silent.

Dan
 

Raymond Day

New member
Your right Dan. When it converts it at the bottom it has this text:

"ID:445, Video: Frame: Same as input, Codec: H.264;Audio:44Khz, AAC"

So it must be adding blank audio in it. Something that it auto add it. I think that's all it's doing because it's mp4 to mp4. It does it fast.

It's still be good to just edit them with out converting and it don't need blank sound on them just to edit them.

-Raymond Day
 

Paul Fargusson

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Your right Dan. When it converts it at the bottom it has this text:

"ID:445, Video: Frame: Same as input, Codec: H.264;Audio:44Khz, AAC"

So it must be adding blank audio in it. Something that it auto add it. I think that's all it's doing because it's mp4 to mp4. It does it fast.

It's still be good to just edit them with out converting and it don't need blank sound on them just to edit them.

-Raymond Day
Raymond, I too have the Night Owl system. I upgraded my vidoredosuite to the h.264 version and have the same problem. Are you saying I now also need to buy movAVI Video Suite?

pgf
 
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