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
^@^@#^@^B^D#%^@^@^@^@ -#^@þ^C^@^@TïÓ^Pðo³w^@^@^@^@^@^@#^@^@^@#^@ø;^@^@ÿ<9e>iê^DÀCä@âQ<8c>PÂCä@5^X^@^@^R7 ^A^@^@^@ÔîÓ^P>^\±w^@^@#^@à(D^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@^@#^@à(D
¨$î#^P ^@^@<94><82>¯w§Óѳ^B^D^@^@0.#^@^@^@^@^@^@^@#^@^PïÓ^P -#^@hïÓ^P^XÖh

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.


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


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.

  • 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
  • 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

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