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I am helping a director access an archive file of a documentary. The file is presented as a 3GB MOV.

FFmpeg indicates the following:

  Metadata:
    major_brand     : qt  
    minor_version   : 537199360
    compatible_brands: qt  
    creation_time   : 2011-02-06T03:17:28.000000Z
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.audio.gain: 1.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.audio.treble: 0.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.audio.bass: 0.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.audio.balance: 0.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.audio.pitchshift: 0.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.audio.mute: 
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.visual.brightness: 0.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.visual.color: 1.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.visual.tint: 0.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.movie.visual.contrast: 1.000000
    com.apple.quicktime.player.version: 7.6.9 (7.6.9)
    com.apple.quicktime.version: 7.6.9 (1680.9) 0x7698000 (Mac OS X, 10.5.8, 9L31a)
  Duration: 00:50:17.15, start: 0.000000, bitrate: 8539 kb/s
  Stream #0:0(eng): Audio: pcm_s16le (sowt / 0x74776F73), 48000 Hz, 2 channels, s16, 1536 kb/s (default)
    Metadata:
      creation_time   : 2011-02-06T03:17:28.000000Z
      handler_name    : Apple Sound Media Handler
      vendor_id       : [0][0][0][0]
  Stream #0:1(eng): Data: none (m2v  / 0x2076326D) (default)
    Metadata:
      creation_time   : 2011-02-06T03:17:28.000000Z
      handler_name    : Apple elementary video MPEG-2 Media Handler

The bitrate and duration of the file indicates there is definitely data in the video stream, although it can't be accessed.

From research, it appears that the "Apple elementary video MPEG-2 Media Handler" was the (very) old quicktime MPEG-2 component that was active in early versions of quicktime, but is now no longer supported in current versions of MacOS.

So, how do I get access to the vision in this file?

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