convert video file to be able to watch the video on a canon camera device

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how can i convert a video file on my pc to be able to watch the video on a canon camera device, the canon camert model is PowerShot SX260.

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What format is the movie in (mov, avi, mp4, vob,...)?

What format does the PowerShot record in/playback? I did a quick look around, but have found that info yet.

If you are lucky, you can just copy it over to the PS.
If you are unlucky, you might have to drop some money on a program that handles that particular conversion.
But most likely you can find a free program to convert it.

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found it
Power shot File format (still / video)       JPEG/H.264 AAC (.MP4)

Still need to know what the movie is.


the PowerShot record is a .mov file
and the video i want to convert is a mp4


but i convert the mp4 file to mov but it's not working Probably it's not  recognise every mov file it's have to some setting on the format.
what did you use to convert it?

Give these two a try, and see if you like them.

WinX HD Video Converter Deluxe

Free MP4 to MOV Converter

If you want to try an Online converter:

Zamzar (you might have to register, I'm not sure)

Convert video to Quicktime MOV

If you have Quick Time, it might do it for you.
VLC might be able to do it, but I don't have any MOV files try it with

There's more, but that should get you started.


i tried with this side:

but i think that it's a very  long way to try to convert with any software on the market, is there some software that can to take a video file that have been recordet on the camera to recognise it and then i can try  to convert another video file with the same settings.


there is have a report of a video file that has been recorded on the camera:

Complete name                            : C:\Users\aha\Desktop\test\MVI_1737.MOV
Format                                   : MPEG-4
Format profile                           : QuickTime
Codec ID                                 : qt  
File size                                : 8.21 MiB
Duration                                 : 3s 637ms
Overall bit rate                         : 18.9 Mbps
Encoded date                             : UTC 2015-04-27 01:10:50
Tagged date                              : UTC 2015-04-27 01:10:50                 : Canon                : Canon PowerShot SX260 HS

ID                                       : 1
Format                                   : AVC
Format/Info                              : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile                           : Baseline@L4.1
Format settings, CABAC                   : No
Format settings, ReFrames                : 1 frame
Format settings, GOP                     : M=1, N=15
Codec ID                                 : avc1
Codec ID/Info                            : Advanced Video Coding
Duration                                 : 3s 637ms
Bit rate                                 : 17.2 Mbps
Width                                    : 1 280 pixels
Height                                   : 720 pixels
Display aspect ratio                     : 16:9
Frame rate mode                          : Constant
Frame rate                               : 29.970 fps
Color space                              : YUV
Chroma subsampling                       : 4:2:0
Bit depth                                : 8 bits
Scan type                                : Progressive
Bits/(Pixel*Frame)                       : 0.623
Stream size                              : 7.45 MiB (91%)
Language                                 : English
Encoded date                             : UTC 2015-04-27 01:10:50
Tagged date                              : UTC 2015-04-27 01:10:50
Color range                              : Full
Color primaries                          : BT.709
Transfer characteristics                 : BT.709
Matrix coefficients                      : BT.709

ID                                       : 2
Format                                   : PCM
Format settings, Endianness              : Little
Format settings, Sign                    : Signed
Codec ID                                 : sowt
Duration                                 : 3s 637ms
Bit rate mode                            : Constant
Bit rate                                 : 1 536 Kbps
Channel(s)                               : 2 channels
Channel positions                        : Front: L R
Sampling rate                            : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth                                : 16 bits
Stream size                              : 682 KiB (8%)
Language                                 : English
Encoded date                             : UTC 2015-04-27 01:10:50
Tagged date                              : UTC 2015-04-27 01:10:50

so my quesion is how can i convert another video file to match exact like this video file?

(never mind the first part of this post. We're cross posting. Let me look at the specs you posted.)

You can see what VLC says.
Start a file made on camera, (might have to copy it to computer first), click Pause > on Menu Bar click Tools > Codec Information > and look what it says.

I assume you are asking this Q because the MP4 will not play 'as is' on the camera.
Where did you get the MP4 from? Could it be protected?

btw: I yelled for help.   : )

2nd edit:
I did find this:
why QuickTime won't play MP4 files sometimes? According to Apple Support Website, QuickTime can only support MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v), but MP4 is a complex video container with various video and audio codecs. That's why sometimes QuickTime plays MP4 well, sometimes doesn't.
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How big is the video file you're trying to convert?
My old camera would not display any file it had not created itself. Something to do with its internal numbering or indexing I think. Each file it created was given a unique number by the camera, permanently unique, it would never use that number again. There was a way to reset the counter somewhere.
Even renumbering one if it's own pictures would not get it to recognise that it was on the device.
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it's an unusual request, normally people want to convert video camera formats to something that will play on their PC.  Do you have a specific task in mind for this?

The trick here is that both .mov and .mp4 are not video formats they are containers that hold linked audio and video files.  The Canon Powershot uses the QuickTime format as a container for Apple's own iFrame compression system which is created by the camera hardware.  This makes the movie file easier to use on other devices which understand the .mov container but when you playback a video file on the Powershot it uses the native iFrame format to display it on the camera.

This is why you can't import a file that wasn't recorded using iFrame as the source and play it back through the camera.

Currently iFrame to any other video format is a one-way process.


the file size is  9 mb.

coral47 the mp4 file is a video that i record with my iphone.
the codec information is:  H264 - MPEG-4 AVC (part 10) (avc1).

thanks Ors-Ankh-Aten and MASQ for your answer but i hope there is some solution :) my My daughter Can not bring to school an iphone or a mp4 device only  Camera (school policy, don't ask me why), and she want to show for her friends some videos
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I'd suggest then, if she has computer access at school, she store the videos on the google drive associated with a gmail account, and access them that way, ore even simpler use a USB drive and play them back from that.


but she goes on a Religious school, there is no Internet connection there.
how can i convert a video file on my pc to be able to watch the video on a canon camera device<< no cannot be done, Every camera has internal code for numbering any photos and video taken. It is a safety feature incase you needed to make a backup. You cannot even renumber a video to fit the previous. I've tried this loading a video from one camera to another for the purposes of loading a video to find a lost GPS and no go. The camera doesn't even see the video there only when in USB mode but then it's windows that sees.
 But not be stealing that>>You may have missed Ors-Ankh-Aten comment above

If there is a suitable  digital TV at school with a USB slot grab your video and convert it to divx avi using the free divx avi converter,
Divx converter
then drop the video onto the USB stick plug it into the TV then using the remote control open the menu and then navigate to apps open movies or video, there will be 4 folders to choose from Music, Pictures, video or movies.
It must be divx avi for the TV to play video.
Then press play.
She could also just share the USB stick with others


thanks alot for your solution and every one for trying to help
Glad to help
All the best with it

Thank you much..    : )

>> ...can't import a file ...

Interesting. I didn't know that about cameras.

What about recording the movie with the camera, as it plays on something else.
Time consuming, and might take a couple of tries to get it to look good, but if it works for the "counterfeiters', it should work for you.
>recording the movie with the camera, as it plays on something else.
Good idea.

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