Is it possible to play VCD on a Mac?

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  1. ace1 macrumors newbie

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    I recently got me a brand new Powerbook G4 from my brother, and I was wondering if it possible to play VCD's (burned for PCs) on Mac's? If so, I would be happy for a tip regarding how I proceed.

    Thanks!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Try downloading the Mac OSX build of VLC (Video-LAN Client). Do a quick google search for it...
     
  3. AdamR01 macrumors 6502

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    There is a way to play them. In Quicktime you can open the dat files on a VCD and play them. You cannot see the menus though. This might require 10.3, I don't remember. The other option is MacVCD X which costs $20 and is at http://www.mireth.com/pub/mxme.html
     
  4. Angelus macrumors 6502

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    I second getting VLC, it plays them no hassle plus its free
     
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  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Hmm, I guess everyone already beat me to it... but what the hell, I'll post it anyways - VLC is the best media player out there in my opinion - I have yet to come across a file it can't play. I have MPlayer as well though, but have never needed to use it.

    Just download VLC - it's free and awesome! :cool:
     
  7. ace1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks a bunch for the tips!

    I downloaded the VLC-player, and it seemed great in the beginning, but then I realized I didn't have any sound. I can't see to find out why either. But I guess I can contact the people at the the VLC-site for that problem. That's if there's nobody who's had that problem here? ;)

    I run OS X Jaguar by the way.
     
  8. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

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    perhaps you are not outputting audio to the correct source? try adjusting VLC's audio outputs. or maybe your VCD was encoded with a propietary Windows codec and VLC doesn't recognize the audio format, but is capable of playing the video codec. Windows encoded videos are kind of hit or miss, some are REALLY screwy.
     
  9. ace1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    as it turns out, it actually works fine in Quicktime... So I'll guess I settle with that! but thanks again for the help, people! :)
     
  10. aclose72 macrumors member

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    i had this problem on the pc (haven't tried it on the new PB yet).
    err, no, i had sound but no video. but i was trying to play it on my tv through the computer. one thing that helped was downloading updated drivers for the laptops videocard and then turning off mirroring so that only the tv was being used as an external monitor. now it works great, but i'm looking forward to try it out on my PB. ;)

    i guess my reply kinda got off topic and didn't really answer your question did it? :)
     

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