Card Reader vs. USB Cable?

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Card Reader vs. USB Cable?

So I have a Canon 6D that I download from using a USB cable and Canon software (that came with the camera on a disc).

In getting a new camera that came without the software (in this case it was specifically for video) I got the correct USB cable and it downloaded in MP4 files that my computer (Windows 7) couldn't play.

Would all of this possibly be solved with a card reader?  My next move is a card reader to learn my way around card readers, but seems like that's the way to download vs. a USB cable.

Thanks for all insight on the topic.

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