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What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: April 09, 2009 03:35PM
A client wants me to clean up the audio on a .pls video file. I have never seen anything in this format, and nothing I have in my Mac arsenal will open it. Quicktime (with Perian) says it's not a movie file, MPEG Streamclip doesn't recognize it, VLC Player doesn't reject it but doesn't do anything useful with it, either.

I searched the net and found some conversion utilities that are Windows only, and the client is playing it under Vista (but who knows what program).

Anyone know how I can get a file that Quyicktimne will recognize so I can extract the audio?

Thanks.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 09, 2009 03:39PM
Sounds like a proprietary porn video format... wink smiley
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Racer X
Date: April 09, 2009 03:46PM
WinAmp on a PC maybe? I think it may be some sort of internet radio format.

I found this under a wikipedia entry for iTunes. " iTunes also supports the .pls and .m3u stream file formats used by Winamp, enabling iTunes to access almost any stream using that format."

Maybe iTunes can export it as an .aif file?
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: clay
Date: April 09, 2009 03:47PM
how big of a file is it (i.e. filesize)? Sounds like it might be some sort of streaming format like RacerX mentions.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: April 09, 2009 04:00PM
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clay
how big of a file is it (i.e. filesize)? Sounds like it might be some sort of streaming format like RacerX mentions.

I thought of that too, but it's a 1.4GB file. Also, it's pns, not pls.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: April 09, 2009 05:03PM
Well, in Racer's defense, you did say "A client wants me to clean up the audio on a .pls video file."

My guess is it starts out 1.4GB but will swell in size once you start monkeying around with it. There are probably many utilities that can handle your client's .pns, or at least hijack the stream if you start playing the .pns. Do you have a friend with Windows on an Intel Mac? You'll probably want to find somebody who is comfortable going both ways -- I'm sure they'd be able to give you a hand.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 09, 2009 05:06PM
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Mike Johnson
My guess is it starts out 1.4GB but will swell in size once you start monkeying around with it. There are probably many utilities that can handle your client's .pns, or at least hijack the stream if you start playing the .pns. Do you have a friend with Windows on an Intel Mac? You'll probably want to find somebody who is comfortable going both ways -- I'm sure they'd be able to give you a hand.

You are only providing fuel for the fire.... eye popping smiley
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Filliam H. Muffman
Date: April 09, 2009 05:24PM
Is there any information in the text in the file header? Can you say what program created it? My typical quick resources had no references about this file type. Nvidia stereo 3D video?

This is the first link I found in a Google search that actually had the PNS extension listed on the page and seemed to be in English. Too bad it is more along the lines of what Mike Johnson posted about.
[profile.myspace.com]



in tha 510.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Mike Johnson
Date: April 09, 2009 05:53PM
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mikebw
You are only providing fuel for the fire.... eye popping smiley

In these tough times, it's crucial to satisfy your clients. I'm just hoping there's a happy ending.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: motopsyco
Date: April 09, 2009 05:55PM
The only .pls files I've encountered are for streaming audio which are dropped into iTunes. Maybe the format can be used for streaming video.

Create a new playlist and drag the .pls file into it. Hit play and use something like WireTap or Audacity to capture the audio.

Cheers!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2009 05:57PM by motopsyco.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: mikebw
Date: April 09, 2009 05:59PM
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motopsyco
The only .pls files I've encountered are for streaming audio which are dropped into iTunes. Maybe the format can be used for streaming video.

Create a new playlist and drag the .pls file into it. Hit play and use something like WireTap or Audacity to capture the audio.

Cheers!

Once again- he does not have a .pls file. It's a P-N-S file. Say it out loud.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: April 09, 2009 07:53PM
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Mike Johnson
Well, in Racer's defense, you did say "A client wants me to clean up the audio on a .pls video file.".

Oops. Sorry, that one's on me.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: April 09, 2009 07:56PM
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mikebw
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motopsyco
The only .pls files I've encountered are for streaming audio which are dropped into iTunes. Maybe the format can be used for streaming video.

Create a new playlist and drag the .pls file into it. Hit play and use something like WireTap or Audacity to capture the audio.

Cheers!

Once again- he does not have a .pls file. It's a P-N-S file. Say it out loud.

When the client first called me I thought he'd said PLS, so that crept in when I did the original post... again sorry for the confusion..
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: April 09, 2009 07:58PM
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Filliam H. Muffman
Is there any information in the text in the file header? Can you say what program created it? My typical quick resources had no references about this file type. Nvidia stereo 3D video?

This is the first link I found in a Google search that actually had the PNS extension listed on the page and seemed to be in English. Too bad it is more along the lines of what Mike Johnson posted about.
[profile.myspace.com]

Well, if the client's audio sounds as bad as the audio in that link, I don't think I'll be able to clean it up to his satisfaction (i.e., legal forensics).

Maybe I'll load XP onto my Mc Pro and see if I can capture the audio that way- but getting back into a playable video is yet another question... unless I can convert it to a .mov file and then do all the work on the Mac side, where all my tools are...
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: motopsyco
Date: April 09, 2009 08:09PM
D'oh!

My usual tact when presented with odd video file formats is to change the file extension to other known video file types and see what happens. For example, at the dawn of the 3gp era, a co-worker had a video file off his cell phone with a .bin extension. Not being a usual video file extension I tried others and was able to play video but no sound. As it turned out .3gp was the proper extension and I was able to play video and audio. So try it out and see what you get.

Cheers!



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/09/2009 08:27PM by motopsyco.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: motopsyco
Date: April 09, 2009 08:59PM
Legal forensics as in surveillance video? I've encountered this once before, if it is then its proprietary and there should be a application from the vendor to view and export the video.

Cheers!
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Joey Cupcakes
Date: April 10, 2009 10:31AM
Not surveillance, deposition. I have no idea who the"vendor" is, except I keep seeing references between pns and Canon.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: CSI GUY
Date: April 17, 2009 02:20PM
I am having a hard time converting this .pns file also, for editing.

I do crime scene investigation and have a Video on a DVD supplied to me by the
DA.

This video has no sound., just video and it came on the DVD with a DX8000 Viewer exe., from Pelco Survalience Company and was taken at our local state prison.

I have found that the original tape is in there data base and can re-record a copy in a .avi file, but this was almost 2 years ago. i have emailed Pelco and have received no answer as of yet.

I am trying other Video conversion companies. So far, I have accociated the .pns file with - 1. Harvard Graphics 2. (3) Polaroid Palette Plus ColorKey drive 3. Pegasus Mail Formatted Signatures. It has some reference also to I think a .ppl extention.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: CSI GUY
Date: April 17, 2009 02:23PM
Also, I was able to play the video in the DX8000v attached exe and then Screen Capture Record the video and am trying to edit/enhance the .avi from that. This is so far, my only venue so far.
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Re: What is a .pns video file?
Posted by: Vincentsrose
Date: May 27, 2009 11:30AM
Hello,

First post here. I work on a military installation and we use the Pelco DX8000 system also for our Child development centers. when you export the video a player should come along with it in a Bin file. This proprietary player should allow playback. I couldn't use it on my NMCI seat BUT i was able to on my own computer when we had a request for video. I hope this helps.
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