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Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format?

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Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? Ray Beale 12/7/08 12:33 PM
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? canhatip 12/7/08 6:52 PM
I just tried it today with no success.
I have converted mp4's w/ "Movie Converter V3" to avi and mpeg, neither of them are properly played by Picasa3 (or Windows Media Player), however "VLC media Player" plays them all with no problems...
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? OzNinja 12/7/08 7:39 PM
Strange. I've got two MP4 movies taken with my Samsung camera phone. I have no problem at all viewing them in Picasa. I set Picasa to scan the folder they were in and voila, they appeared. I did not do anything to them at all, they just work. I note that  MP4 file type is not an option to view in Picasa but it works! Go figure.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? GueStar 12/21/08 2:16 AM
It looks like Google take out MP4-Extension Support in Picasa 3 Final Release. No way to get Mp4 to the library ... No Problem in Picasa 3 beta and Picasa 2 ... I hope they will repair, because mp4-support will get important with digi cams!

;(
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? OzNinja 12/21/08 12:52 PM
Just restating what I said in my post above, I have no problem at all with viewing MP4 movies in Picasa 3.

I don't know why I should be able to view them in Picasa 3 and the three posters here can not . Even though MP4 is not listed in the Picasa file types, I can play them without any trouble !
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? ro_ag 12/23/08 7:51 AM
Install Quicktime , then enable to see quick time movies in Picasa. After that you will be able to see your mp4 in Picasa.

 Tools->Options>- File Types.  Enable checkbox "Quicktime Movies
(.MOV)".  Then "apply"

come back to picasa and it will rescan your PC for .mp4 files.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? umkings 12/29/08 8:05 AM
I have a MP4 file from Samsung digicam and I installed the quick time, but still unable to import or view the file in Picasa 3.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? paved 1/23/09 10:33 PM
Not sure if what the problem was for me, but this is how I fixed it.

I had some similar problems with mp4 and picasa3.  I even tried rolling back to 2.7 but picasa still wouldn't detect mp4 video, even though they had been detected before.  I then switched back to picasa3 again (build 70.73) --- still no mp4.  

Somebody on the forum suggested that Nero might be the problem, so I removed Nero.  Picasa didn't pick up the mp4's right away, so I went into the tools and de-selected the movie options in the file types, quit picasa, started picasa again and re-selected the movies.  Right away picasa started finding the movies.

For my camera (olympus c770) and also for the sanyo, you might need to do some processing to correct the format of the mp4 (for me, the mp4 straight from the camera is detected and played as a 320x240 video when it should be 640x480).  See http://www.gnurou.org/blog/2007/01/13/how_fix_bad_resolution_sanyo_xacti_videos for a good description.

Hope this helps.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? mnovate 1/28/09 7:53 AM
Removing Nero and re-opening Picasa 3 resolved the MP4 issue, installing Nero again to see if it doesn't break Picasa 3 MP4 preview.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? Seeking 2/2/09 3:32 PM
With .MP4 files on an SD or SDHC card, the import function of Picasa 3 does not see any of those video files. However, if those files are moved to a folder that is scanned by Picasa, it will see them (and import them and play them).  That's on Vista.  On a Mac, the .MP4 is supposedly one of the recognized extensions.

I too use the Sanyo Xacti (E2 aka: CA8).
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? souri 2/12/09 2:00 AM
Hello All,

Can you tell me (people who thought it worked) if you had Quick time or Quick time PRO.

Thanks
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? brikettfabrikant 3/14/09 12:38 PM
Hi All!

It seems, that some video processing applications bring their own codecs for .mp4 that interfere with Picasas video capabilities. As you can read above, removing Nero helped fo some people. Uninstalling Nokia PC suite worked for me.

Versions: Picasa 3.1.0, Quicktime 7.6, Sanyo Xacti CA 65
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? injectchen 6/1/09 10:15 PM
I got the same problem as you guys did. After read few posts, I got the idea. It is not the problem of Picasa or any other software; it is the problem of windows.

Solution:

Open any folder in your computer file system
Click TOOLS Select FOLDER OPTIONS Select FILE TYPES

Click NEW  Key in mp4 in the file extension box

click ADVANCED then associate it with MOVIE CLIPS

Problem Solved!! :)
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? TJLee 7/5/09 9:44 AM
"Seeking" response worked for me. Manually copy .mp4 files to a folder Picasa scans. Picasa will then "see" them.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? xinhui.tang 7/18/09 7:37 PM
I added QuickTime, no luck.  I deleted QuickTime Movie from Picasa.  Closed Picasa, Opened again, Added Quicktime Movie in Picasa setting.  No luck.

I tried injectchen's method, I first deleted Mp4 from file types and created new file type mp4 - however i don't have "Movie Clips" in the filetype list, instead I used "QuickTime movie".  No luck.  Then I repeated deleting quicktime movie and adding it back, still no luck.

Any ideas?  Thanks
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? Seeking 8/8/09 7:08 PM
It's good to hear that it worked for TJLee; that's great.  I'm curious if Vista was the OS or XP.  On Vista it works for me but on XP it does not.  I upgraded from Picasa 2 on my XP to version 3.1.0 (Build 71.43, 0) yesterday and I cannot get it to see MP4 files.  I understand that MP4 is simply a container for video files (rather than a format unto itself) and I suspect that everyone with a different video camera is encoding in slightly different formats -- this is likely why support for (and success with) MP4 is mixed.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? BlueSkies99 8/16/09 8:22 AM
Hello,
I'm running into problems with picasa on VISTA and MP4 files.  MP4 files appear 'broken' and then Picasa 'hangs'.

The system is a practically new Vista installation. The only software installed to this point (in order of installation) are: Firefox, Skype, Picasa, then ITunes and Quicktime.  

What's odd is I have a Windows XP system that displays the MP4 files without any issues.

I installed Quicktime per a different post to get picasa to recognize the MP4 files, but after the files have been loaded into Picasa, they don't playback very well.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to fix picasa displaying videos?
Thanks. -Chris
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? micbuffa 8/26/09 7:27 AM
Hi ! I'm running on Vista + picasa 3.10. I have a sanyo xacti too that produces .mp4 movies. I had the same problems. In last June I got my camera and could not view the thumbnails of my mp4 fils. I installed quicktime and it worked for a while, then, one day, I dunno why exactly, picasa stopped showing and recognizing my mp4 files. I re installed quicktime and tried all the solutions described above. None worked.

But I found a solution that works and I helped several friends who had the same problem. I installed k-lite codec pack (full version) from : codecguide.com, then during the install, at one moment, a set of options are proposed, ***just scroll down until you see a subtree of options "should windows generate thumbnails for the following file extensions..." I marked yes for all choices, including mp4***. I then clicked next to install the codec pack. Since now, everything works fine. It associated media player classic as the defaut player for all the file types, but I overrided it for some files (.avi for example) and chosed "open with" gom player as default, but picasa still recognizes my mp4 files. I even uninstalled quicktime and it still works ! I also tried on a fir,d's computer who did not have quicktime and it worked.

I hope this helps.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? betovargas 8/29/09 4:50 PM
Thank you micbuffa.  I just installed k-lite codec pack (full version) from codecguide.com.  I'm running Windows Vista service pack 2 32-bit.  After installation, I did a Re-boot of my PC and ....MAGIC... Picasa 3 begins to see all my missing .mp4 files!  I feel so much better 'cause now I can easily play with videos on picasa 3 and upload to youtube via picasa 3.  I hope this also helps others!!!!
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? TJLee 9/5/09 6:03 PM
In response to "Seeking" 8/9/09, OS is Vista. Haven't tried it on XP.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? mcasebeer 9/13/09 2:25 PM
I tried all the above fixes...and no luck. but here is the way I fixed the issue on my machine:

With Picassa open, I changed the extensions from .MP4 to .MOV
I waited until Picassa recognized all the movies, then changed the extension back to .MP4.
Picassa now sees the files normally.

Good Luck!
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? lavalle 10/5/09 9:08 PM
micbuffa - simply awesome.  I have no idea what I just did, but it worked...THANKS so much for the help - now can view my mpeg4s
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? ArtsyMom 10/20/09 10:07 AM
Oh micbuffa, Thank you so much for that link to the codec download.  I have tried everything.  Since I got my new camera, I haven't been able to use Picasa the way I used to, for uploading photos and videos. It was really frustrating to me, because I love Picasa and didn't want to abandon the program.  Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? dvrkumar 2/4/10 11:30 PM
gr8 solution mcasebeer... i renamed .mp4 files as .mov files... and voila! picasa immediately grabbed them & showed up promptly :)
if somebody can tell me how to rename files easily... i used command prompt & went on renaming... had to use ~ everytime... i use XP.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? CopterRichie 5/21/10 4:00 PM
Awesome and thank you.
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? AKor 8/14/10 5:47 AM
Got it to work!
Go in Regedit and here to
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Picasa\Picasa2\Preferences

Create a new DWORD (32-bit), name it "SupportMP4" and enter the value 1 (hexadecimal), for enabling it.

Restart Picasa 3.

After that, it scanned my MP4 files!
Re: Is there now a way to view MP4 movie files in Picasa 3, if not, how should I convert them to a readable format? InfoDrought 9/28/10 6:10 PM
micbuffa's solution worked for me, but not in a simple way.
After installing the K-lite codecs and rebooting my machine Picasa found a couple of new MP4s on my hard disk then stopped scanning. However I was able to add the remaining MP4s Picasa didn't find by dragging and dropping them directly into its 'Folders' pane on the left.
Thanks micbiffa. No thanks to Google who have done nothing since the first post about this problem almost 2 years ago...
(Vista SP2, Picasa 3.8.0)
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