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    As per the title, someone has sent me a DV file they captured many years ago to edit for them but I'm struggling to open it.

    ID : 0
    Format : DV
    Commercial name : DVCPRO
    Codec ID : CDVC
    Codec ID/Info : Canopus DV (DV)
    Codec ID/Hint : Canopus
    Duration : 18mn 53s
    Bit rate mode : Constant
    Bit rate : 24.4 Mbps
    Encoded bit rate : 28.8 Mbps
    Width : 720 pixels
    Height : 480 pixels
    Display aspect ratio : 4:3
    Frame rate mode : Constant
    Frame rate : 29.970 fps
    Standard : NTSC
    Color space : YUV
    Chroma subsampling : 4:1:1
    Bit depth : 8 bits
    Scan type : Interlaced
    Scan order : Bottom Field First
    Compression mode : Lossy
    Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 2.357
    Time code of first frame : 00:00:05;10
    Time code source : Subcode time code
    Stream size : 3.80 GiB (95%)
    Encoding settings : ae mode=full automatic / wb mode=automatic / white balance= / fcm=manual focus
    I can play it in MPC-HC but I can't open it for editing. If I drop the AVI into VirtualDub it says 'Couldn't locate decompressor for format 'CDVC'. Using AviSource in Avisynth gives a similar error, directshowsource says the file does not have a video stream, which it obviously does.

    I have Cedocia installed and in the config it seems to suggest it should be able to open it, but no dice. Any thoughts? I found the ancient Canopus DV Codec but as expected since it's so old it doesn't do anything on W10.

    I also found this tool -

    But again since it's so old I didn't expect it to work, and it didn't. Well the program loaded, but it said 'the source file cannot be converted by this application'.
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    Ok I can self answer this for future reference I guess, I found a random old tool that worked:

    With the command line

    avi2cdvc -f dvsd file.avi
    It now seems to be a standard DV file that I can process easily.
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