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When I record videos with the rear-facing camera on my Archos 43 Internet Tablet, I am able to watch those recordings on my device, but when I attempt to upload them to online video sharing sites like youtube or, they aren't properly recognized or converted. Likewise, when I transfer them to my computer, I can't play the video file correctly. If I transfer the file back to my device, it plays just fine.

I know that the device produces *.mp4 video files.

How can I convert these (corrupted?) videos so that I can see them on my computer and upload them to video sharing sites?


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trying playing on your PC with a all round play anything player like VLC. Your tablet may be encoding with a video type that is not common. – Seth Hikari Apr 15 '11 at 23:22
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MP4 is a container that can contain different video codecs, it sounds like your device is creating its videos using an unusual codec that not many other devices have loaded by default. As Seth and Hcpl have said VLC Player can play almost any format and should be able to play your videos.

If you want to know what codec is being used, then try opening the video in a codec identifying app like GSpot, this should tell you exactly which audio and video formats and codecs are in your videos.

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Try installing another player with support for many codecs, like VLC. If that one plays the video's well your Android device is OK and probably using a non supported codec.

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I have installed VLC, and some of the videos play, but others have glitches in them. All of my attempts to upload to video sites have failed in the conversion step. Is there any way for me to fix the glitchy videos? – Zoot Apr 27 '11 at 13:14

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