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I am taking an online Latin class, and they gave me a video to watch.

A .el8.

What? el8? I have never heard of that in my life. It's supposed to be a video, so I tried renaming it to a .mov (Latin teachers not being known for computational excellence), but no dice.

I'm running OS X 10.8. How do I open this thing?

Running file on it shows:

/Users/admin/Desktop/U734806R4970S3962792726.mov: data

And the first few lines of looking at it in vi are as follows:

^@^@^@^@^[U734806R4970S3962792726.el8T^L°w<80> ú#^?^G^@^@<88> ú#Ä^@#^@ÀÚ°wsÒѳ^@^@#^@^@ 
^@^@x^@ú#^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@üîÓ^P^Kê°wvp³wgÒѳ^@^@#^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@ -#^@^@^@^@^@^B^D^@^@à(D
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There is a clue in the temp path for the server recordings: http://www.e-lecta.com/. –  Hennes Aug 25 '13 at 13:47
@Hennes So it's some kind of proprietary format, that only employees and Martians can open? –  Undo Aug 25 '13 at 13:48

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FAQ: Publishing a recorded session which does not reside on the eLecta Live servers mentions an online player for recorded sessions.

B: Publishing a recorded session which does not reside on the eLecta Live servers

  • Log into your account;

  • Click on Manage Recorded Sessions from the Moderators menu;

  • Find the recording ->> click on More - >> click on the Download1 button and download the file locally on your computer.

  • Upload the same file to your server as if uploading a regular file. The location may look like:



You may need to configure your web site to allow the following mime types.

.el8 - application/octetstream

.el7 - application/octetstream

.el6 - application/octetstream

.el5 - application/octetstream

.electa - application/octetstream

Please refer to your web site hosting support documentation on how to add mime types.

Maybe this works for your .el8. So you can upload it to a webserver, configuring the MIME-types accordingly if necessary, and start watching the show.

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Seems crazy to have to use my server to watch a class, but it seems to be the best solution. –  Undo Aug 25 '13 at 18:37
@Undo Didn't you get some link to actually watch the class on their servers? –  slhck Aug 25 '13 at 18:59
Nope. Not exactly a high-tech teacher, ya know :) –  Undo Aug 25 '13 at 19:11
I wonder how many students will be able to actually watch the video. And if the content will be required in a later exam... –  That Brazilian Guy Aug 26 '13 at 1:43

The data vim showed you when you opened the binary file contained the string eLecta, which points me to eLecta, a virtual classroom software.

Since the software is commercial, your teacher should have supplied you with a player embedded in some web-site rather than a standalone download. It uses Java to play the file.

Otherwise you can maybe try installing the free trial to play the file by setting up your own course.

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El8 can be played online only. Please ask your teacher to give you a playable link instead of a file.

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