Are there any codecs that can't be played with VLC?

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  1. nylon macrumors 6502a

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  2. edesignuk Moderator emeritus

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    No idea, but between VLC and MPlayer OS X 2 I've never found anything I couldn't play.
     
  3. realmcenter macrumors member

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    Musepack (MPC) files aren't listed as supported by VLC. I don't have any MPC files to test at the moment to see if that's truly the case.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    RVMB files (or whatever the extension is) can't be played by VLC I don't believe, along with ASF and some WMV files, but other than that VLC will handle everything I throw at it, even including bin/cue files of videos! :cool: I have MPlayer on standby just in case, and otherwise I have Flip4Mac for all my WMV needs, but 99% of the time I just use VLC and it works like a charm.
     
  5. vamp07 macrumors member

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    VLC seems very unstable to me on my MBP. Is there some daily build that is preferable to others?
     
  6. Nermal Moderator

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    Download the 0.8.5 beta, it's much more stable than 0.8.4 on Intel systems. It's compiled for Intel, and is not a UA, so it won't run on PowerPC.
     
  7. vamp07 macrumors member

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    I'm running 8.6.
     
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    0.8.5 isn't even finished yet, so I can't expect a 0.8.6 alpha to be stable at all!
     
  9. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    From the Videolan.org FAQ:

    Probably, obviously, also, anything that's DRM'd is out, AFAIK.
     
  10. vamp07 macrumors member

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    I already installed 8.5. Thanks.
     
  11. howesey macrumors 6502a

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    I could name quite a lot on the Mac platform, not a lot for Windows though.

    Most annoying, no Windows Media 10 compatibility for Macs. :mad:
     
  12. steelfist macrumors 6502a

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    well, there's this annoying mkv file that is in h264 that i can't play on my ibook.
     
  13. Rocksaurus macrumors 6502a

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    Is this due to licensing? Also, newbie question - what's Indeo Video? I remember seeing old OS 9 extensions for it and wondering what the heck it was.
     
  14. andcraig macrumors regular

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    Steelfist is right.
    h264 in matroska can technically play.

    technically.

    the sound is off and it stutters, might be because i'm running it on a powerbook and its a lot to decode, but it works fine on my 1.8ghz sempron windows box with less ram.
    I just wish someone would make a media player classic and convert a bunch of the codecs for matroska and all that over to OSX.
     
  15. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    I think ... partially. I think it's mostly that MS doesn't publish how the latest WMV codec works, and so I think it takes a long time for anyone to be able to run them, because they have to be reverse engineered. For the DRM versions, it's probably technically illegal to even reverse engineer them. Not to mention difficult.

    Indeo is a codec that Intel developed, but then sold to a company called Ligos, apparently. I don't know too much about it, in terms of whether or not it has ever actually been used much. I think the initial point was to make a codec that took advantage of extended instruction sets on Pentium processors. Although there was also a Mac version, as you pointed out, at one time. Apparently it still exists, but I'm not even sure it's bundled with XP computers anymore.
     
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    Sorry! :eek:
    I need to read more carefully...
     
  19. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    No worries. Plus, you provided the link, so it's all good... :)
     
  20. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    I would put money on PPC support for x264 being there just so it can be used, and isn't the focus of any performance-minded coding. Too bad there's no real solution to this. QT is much more efficient at h.264 decoding, but it doesn't natively handle MKV and there isn't a component I've found that adds this. :(
     

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