Quicktime error 2048 (FIX)

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This fix was posted by Janek in this topic:

Having being frustrated and looking everywhere for almost 10 hours straight I had accumulated enough imformation on all 2048 error occurances I could write a book. So since it seems no one has written an affermative answer. I’ll post what worked after my research.

1st: I must thank all internet users out there because It wouldn’t have worked if not for them. They gave me hope!

To start:

Rename all your files that quicktime can’t read, to .wmv all occurances of the -2048 error come from codec misuse by the mis-naming of the 'quicktime' files.

Then download any transcodal translator. I used VLC Player, which can do pretty much anything.
VLC Site: — > http://www.videolan.org/

Once downloaded you’ll find it can play your 'broken files'.
Proceed to click on File — >Streaming/Exporting WIzard...

Go through: 'Transcode/Save to file'

Then: Select either select streaming file from location:
Select File from existing playlist. (Open(ed) files)

Last: Select how you want it TRUELY encoded as anything from mpeg4 video and audio to DivX to H. 264 to Theora REMEMBER: select the transcode buttons.

(Don’t forget bitrate has an extreme importance the more bits the higher quality but it comes at a price as the video becomes larger. It won’t be 100% quality, maybe 95% max; usually around 85 - 90% normal quality.)

Next: select your encapsulation method you want this to match your codec so please match them, it causes less problems.

Almost Done: Select a save location and wammo your done!

Finally: Click FINISH and it shows you all your work one last time before you complete the transcode.

Ta-Da Quicktime Video Problem Error -2048 SOLVED! reply

this comples answer is bu_llsh_t.
adobe is money grubbing rip off say bye to them. reply


How do you “rename” a file .wmv? Especially one that won’t open? ALSO... I downloaded VLC Player, but Windows doesn’t recognize the 7Z extension. reply


Thanks. It helped me by getting the MP4 file playable on my PC. But I can’t get the sound to work. Anybody got any ideas please?

BTW the file was created in HTC Touch Diamond phone (Windows Mobile 6.1) reply


Magicalbilly wrote:
How do you “rename” a file .wmv? Especially one that won’t open? ALSO... I downloaded VLC Player, but Windows doesn’t recognize the 7Z extension.

HexEditer... reply


OOOO Hell..I knew there was a way to view the damage file. Hell, I have spend hours and days looking for a way to view the damage .mov Thanks for sharing this method. Hat off to you my friend...Now to the next challenge. Lol reply


Bjarn; I’m having this problem also on my Mac. I’ve downloaded about a dozen players (including vlc) and none will play the problem files (of which there are many). I tried your method and seem to be getting closer to some success but so far no cigar... any suggestions as to which formats to use? or how to find out which are compatible. My quicktime doesn’t work for anything much so I usually use vlc... I’d be happy with a solution that got them working in this. reply


I have error 2048 in time quick player, please..... reply


I downloaded a movie and this doesn´t play in quicktime player because it´s in AVI format, even I read in many forums with various programs as they could play these movies: VLC, WMP.... I also downloaded the 3ivx and divx doctor but it´s not. Also I get the problem 2048. I have a mac and often the solutions are for windows. I need help! reply


Hey, I have the same problem. The files are “XviD asd” .avi files and i’ve tried getting all kinds of codecs, i have perian, divX, Xvid, 3ivx; quicktime pro 7.6, flip4Mac, vlc, some ffmpegX application that doesn’t work and keeps asking for “progress.app”, all kinds of crap have i been trying for a week now.

I read that it’s some polish encoding used to make these video files, but why the hel can’t i find any way to play them!? I’m on a Mac OS 10.4.11, and i’ve also tried to play these files in windows XP. No luck whatsoever.

I tried opening, renaming, DivX doctor, everything says either the file is not valid, cannot be played by whatever player, DivX, realplayer (quicktime error -2048), vlc (looks like it’s loading but just doesn’t play), quicktime (the file is not a movie file), windows media player, and a bunch of others that i downloaded and tried to get them to play in after reading various forums' suggestions.

Is there any way to play this file at all? mac or pc? I also have a mac running os 10.2.8, i found that it usually was able to play any and everything, but it doesn’t play these files either.

Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanks reply


Thanks for all that work, I was pullin my hair our, whats left anyway, trying to find out how to fix this.... Thanks so much reply


The Error 2048 drove me insane. I couldn’t play any quicktime movies without it popping up.

This website:
http://Error2048.com explained what was causing the error and how to solve it.

I recommend checking it out before formatting your computer! reply

Thanks dude... this was a nippy problem and you’re the only person to post a logical and working answer.

I didn’t follow the recoding bit.. when i changed the file name to .wmv (the person that asked how to do it: just use the rename function) and opened it in VLC it played.


Thanks again. reply


Make sure you are not opening a file which was split from the original file. In case if you have 001,002..00n files combine using split merge tools. Same issue I had and now I am able to open.. Thaks reply


I downloaded the vlc player, it worked, I viewed files from my camera. But how do you move the transcoded file from vlc to imovie? reply


Many thanks! It works perfectly! reply


All i get is a 1kb file that does nothing....HELP! reply


Just to add to the confusion, I get this error 2048 when trying to play a 22.5MB MP3 file through Quicktime Player version 7.6.5. under Windows XP (works fine with with smaller MP3 files)
So I took the MP3 file to another Windows XP PC with an older Quicktime Player version 7.3, and it worked fine.
Still hunting the answer. reply


(after uninstalling version 7.6.5. )

Worked for me! reply


i hav an error 2096 with quicktime... can anyone help me? reply


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