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    Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    I can't believe that I've spent an hour trying to play these dumb things on both my Linux box and a Windows machine. Or even to find out what I need.

    I have three files given to us by a client. They are video, and were recorded on a Sony camera of some kind. They are called:

    AVIN0001.BNP 115.3 MB
    AVIN0001.INP 115.3 MB
    AVIN0001.INT 172.3 MB

    What on earth do I need to play these things?

    (For bonus points, what do I need in Windows?)

    Thanks!!

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    Try installing mplayer and see if that works. You can try running it from the command prompt and see what errors it throws if it cannot play the file by using "mplayer /path/to/AVIN0001.BNP".

    Gee, what a surprise. It looks like a proprietary Sony format. This link suggests using this software from Sony.

    I like Sony hardware; I own a PS3 and a Bravia television. But I find anything from Sony having to do with computers to be way too proprietary for my tastes.
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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    I'll try mplayer, but VNC couldn't do anything, or Windows Media Player on the Windows machine. I actually already found the PMB page. Interesting to note that there's NO DOWNLOAD LINK on the page!! Wound up downloading two Windows apps from the Sony site, neither of which will open these things. Idiotic. Stupid web site too.

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    (Minor note - this site is refusing to let me log in in my original ID, even after changing passwords a couple of times. So here I am, v.2)

    mplayer AVIN0001.BNP gives me:

    Seek failed
    Seek failed
    Seek failed
    Seek failed
    Seek failed
    Seek failed

    Endlessly until I Break.

    mplayer AVIN0001.INP Gives:

    MPlayer2 UNKNOWN (C) 2000-2011 MPlayer Team
    mplayer: could not connect to socket
    mplayer: No such file or directory
    Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.


    Playing AVIN0001.INP.
    Detected file format: MPEG-PS
    MPEG: FATAL: EOF while searching for sequence header.
    Video: Cannot read properties.
    Load subtitles in .
    ================================================== ========================
    Requested audio codec family [mpg123] (afm=mpg123) not available.
    Enable it at compilation.
    Opening audio decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders
    [mp2float @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2float @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2float @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2float @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2float @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    ad_ffmpeg: initial decode failed
    ADecoder init failed
    Could not open audio decoder ffmpeg.
    Opening audio decoder: [ffmpeg] FFmpeg/libavcodec audio decoders
    [mp2 @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2 @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2 @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2 @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    [mp2 @ 0x7ff75a3c2540]Header missing
    ad_ffmpeg: initial decode failed
    ADecoder init failed
    Could not open audio decoder ffmpeg.
    Requested audio codec family [mad] (afm=libmad) not available.
    Enable it at compilation.
    Opening audio decoder: [hwmpa] MPEG audio pass-through (fake decoder)
    AUDIO: 11025 Hz, 2 ch, mpeg2, 176.0 kbit/49.89% (ratio: 22000->44100)
    Selected audio codec: [hwmpa] afm: hwmpa (MPEG audio pass-through for hardware MPEG decoders)
    ================================================== ========================
    [AO OSS] audio_setup: Can't open audio device /dev/dsp: No such file or directory
    [AO_ALSA] Format mpeg2 is not supported by hardware, trying default.
    AO: [alsa] 11025Hz 2ch s16le (2 bytes per sample)
    [format] Sample format big-endian MPEG-2 not yet supported
    [libaf] Reinitialization did not work, audio filter 'format' returned error code -2
    [libaf] Unable to setup filter system can not meet sound-card demands, please send bugreport.
    Couldn't find matching filter/ao format!
    Audio: no sound
    Video: no video

    mplayer AVIN0001.INT gives me:


    MPlayer2 UNKNOWN (C) 2000-2011 MPlayer Team
    mplayer: could not connect to socket
    mplayer: No such file or directory
    Failed to open LIRC support. You will not be able to use your remote control.


    Playing AVIN0001.INT.
    Failed to recognize file format.




    Exiting... (End of file)

    PMB is a proprietary Sony product that can't be downloaded and apparently even if you get a copy has to be activated with the applicable Sony camera plugged into the USB.

    I also tried plugging the USB stick with the files into our Sony Blu-Ray player, and even it won't open them.

    After two plus hours, I've concluded that there is no practical way to open these stupid files.
    Last edited by Appalbarry2; March 14th, 2013 at 02:08 AM. Reason: Correction

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    One more update. Found a downloadable version of PMB for Windows here http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu...d=5134&SMB=YES 364 MB!!!! Refused to install under Vista because I'm not running a Vaio computer.

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    I share your frustration. A client asked me to try to decode some videos that were evidence for a murder case. It was a proprietary format from a security camera and I only had a day or two to look at them. Unfortunately the camera company was out of business and any apparently related software I was able to scrounge was useless. As far as I could tell it was simply MPEG-1 video or MPEG-2 video that they took a dump on to make it proprietary but I didn't figure it out in time.

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    Sony Replies:

    Thank you for contacting Sony Support.

    I understand that you're trying to playback the videos recorded by a Sony Camera. AVIN0001.BNP, AVIN0001.INP and AVIN0001.INT are Image Management files stored in the AVF_INFO folder of Camera. They're not meant for play back. The recorded videos will be stored in AVCHD or MP_ROOT folder in the Camera. They will have .MPG, .MP4, .MTS or .M2TS file extension.

    The Software required to playback the videos are supplied with Sony Cameras and Camcorders and they're usually available for download from our support website using the model number of the Camera or Camcorder. You may contact the client to obtain the proper video files. You can also check the availability of the Software at our support website after obtaining the model number of the Camera/Camcorder.

    http://esupport.sony.com/US/p/select...IRECTOR=DRIVER

    Note: Software supplied with the Sony Camera/Camcorder are not compatible with Linux Operating System.

    Thank you for understanding.

    Sony of Canada, Ltd.
    C6EH
    William

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    You could maybe try wine with the Sony software.

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    Quote Originally Posted by Appalbarry2 View Post
    Sony Replies:
    ...
    I understand that you're trying to playback the videos recorded by a Sony Camera. AVIN0001.BNP, AVIN0001.INP and AVIN0001.INT are Image Management files stored in the AVF_INFO folder of Camera. They're not meant for play back. The recorded videos will be stored in AVCHD or MP_ROOT folder in the Camera. They will have .MPG, .MP4, .MTS or .M2TS file extension.
    ...
    We can play files with .MPG, .MP4, .MTS or .M2TS file extension in linux, so your problem is now 'only' to get the real video clip from your client Let's hope [s]he has not deleted them.

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    Re: Playing Video files from a Sony Camera

    You were asking what works on Windows...

    Install Sony Picture motion browser software in Windows from SONY site to view these files.

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