I do not own a Mac. In fact, I've found my unfamiliarity with them to make operating one less intuitive than I had expected just because of how used to using a PC I am. But I am here today because I am lost.
My friend has a Mac and uploaded some digital video from a camera to his Mac. He then put the files on my PC-formatted external hard drive (he did mention having to download some specific software to do so). Once I got the hard drive, excited to finally be able to get to work on these videos to edit on my PC, I was disappointed to find they had no video, only audio, no matter what file type I converted them to. After scouring the internet and experts for solutions, I finally discovered what I thought to be the problem: icod, which apparently makes it so the files could only be altered or used properly on Macs (this is what I've been told).
I convinced another friend to loan me his Mac, thinking I could just convert the files on a Mac to a PC-friendly format like .avi or .mpeg-4, but alas, neither Handbrake nor MPEG-4 Stream was able to convert the files at all. They do play perfectly, however. What do I need to do? I'm very sad and frustrated.
Thanks for any and all help.