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I took a video on my Samsung Galaxy S2 (Android), it's about 3GB and it can be played on the phone. But after transferring it to the PC is does not play when opened with VLC, QuickTime, Windows Media Player.

I tried to convert it to AVI using "Pazera free Mo4 to AVI" converter, but it fails before being converted.

Any ideas on how to fix this issue?


Complete name                    : C:\281.mp4
Format                           : MPEG-4
Format profile                   : 3GPP Media Release 4
Codec ID                         : 3gp4
File size                        : 3.05 GiB
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Why do you want to convert it to AVI in the first place? AVI is a horrible container that even supports less than MP4. Have you installed any Codec pack for Windows (like CCCP, K-Lite)? Please check MediaInfo's output for the file and include it in your post. – slhck Jan 21 '12 at 16:18
i have pasted the mediainfo's output – krisdigitx Jan 21 '12 at 16:36
Hm, that's weird. Do you have another PC to check? Maybe it's a problem with the file size itself. – slhck Jan 21 '12 at 16:48
but the phone is able to play the file, so i think its a codec issue.. – krisdigitx Jan 21 '12 at 16:53
Try media player classic (MPC) shipped with K-Lite and many other coded packs. It will give you very detailed error information which will help us help you. It seems to me that you have a damaged file that cause the mp4 splitter on your computer to fail. You may want to copy the file again. – Jan 21 '12 at 17:57

Transfer using the "Mass Storage" option in "USB Settings" and it will work fine! The Samsung Kies option is what is messing up files over 2GB or so.


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I think the problem is how you transfer the video from your phone . Don't just copy and paste especially with this file size, it will get corrupted somewhere in between the process. use the Windows file transfer or the program that came with your phone or file transfer you cant find in the internet

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Why do you believe that copy and paste is less reliable than other data transfer mechanisms? – G-Man Nov 6 '15 at 0:35

I would recommend you to install a codec pack. This is quite a good one. You can also choose from which codecs to pick.

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i have installed the codec and tried to play it with VLC and it does not work.... – krisdigitx Jan 21 '12 at 16:35
@krisdigitx Did you check to install all codecs? Did you try it with WMP? It could also be that you have to select the codecs in VLC. – inf Jan 21 '12 at 16:43
yup i installed all the video codecs..i tried it with WMP also and it does not recognise – krisdigitx Jan 21 '12 at 16:51

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