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Tip #1490: Problems Playing Android Videos
Switch Camera settings to shoot H.264.
This tip was contributed by Warren Nelson:
I shot a video on my Google Pixel 3 of my wife opening a birthday present and when I transferred it to my Mac, it wouldn’t play. After some detection, I discovered that an Android update had defaulted to an mp4 version with H.265/HEVC instead of their old H.264/AVC.
I’m not educated enough to know if QuickTime is choking the H.265 or the HEVC portion of this new update. I tested the old setting and it worked just fine.
Users can find this setting by clicking the Advanced link in the main Camera setting (see screen shot).
I’m guessing I’m not the only one who has fallen victim to Google wanting to store smaller video files. Thanks again for all your help over the years!