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I have a movie file in the 3gpp format (shot with android smart phone, using Linux). I switched into the movie clip editor and clicked on the open-button to import it as footage. Yet this file is not displayed in blenders file browser. How do I continue from here?

Should I convert this file into another one, and if yes with what program into what format ?

Should I use an addon for blender if possible ?

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    $\begingroup$ convert your video into a format that blender can use: like quicktime, avi or h264. or into an image sequence. $\endgroup$ – cegaton Sep 17 '15 at 15:44
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    $\begingroup$ i found a solution, do you know avconv ? avconv -i file1.3gp -f mp4 file2.mp4 $\endgroup$ – Abdul Al Hazred Sep 17 '15 at 16:53
  • $\begingroup$ Try out reading it with AviSynth, compare: blender.stackexchange.com/a/41720/2843 $\endgroup$ – Samoth Nov 17 '15 at 23:33
  • $\begingroup$ After you found your solution you should add a quick answer for others to be able to accomplish this task as well. $\endgroup$ – Samoth Mar 3 '16 at 20:32
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This question comes up pretty high in searches so I thought I'd add what worked for me - converting it to mp4 with ffmpeg:

ffmpeg -i originalvid.3gp -q:v 0 -q:a 0 -strict -2 targetvid.mp4

This keeps the video (q:v 0) and audio (q:a 0) quality the same as the original.

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