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It appears that, following advice from Tobias Senst on a stackoverflow answer, I needed to build OpenCV on my local machine rather than rely on the DLLs that are provided with the standard distribution. It has been a headache to get OpenCV to build locally (see here, here, and here) but now that I reference to a copy of OpenCV 2.4.6 that was built on this machine I can open the video files.

I have no idea why this works, why it is not mentioned in the requirements, why others are not more frequently having this problem, nor what is failing with the default deployment, but at least I have it fixed.