Is there a way to watch .NSV files with OS X?

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  1. ebally macrumors regular

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    I have a few video files in the NSV file format which refuse to play on the Mac. I get sound, but no visual.

    I've tried playing them in VLC player and MPlayer, but still no luck.

    Does anyone have any helpful suggestions?
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Wow, that's an obscure streamning video format. The only thing I could find on it indicated that the default video format is the now semi-open-source VP3 (which VLC supports), but that it can use any video or audio format.

    If VLC opens the file and plays the audio, that means it knows what to do with the NSV file format, but either doesn't recognize the video codec, doesn't support video playback from that file type, or there's something wrong with the file.

    Open up the Get Info pane in VLC and see what it says the video format is--if it is there, and is something VLC doesn't play (VP6, say), that's your reason, and it won't work until VLC or whatever adds support for that format. If no video is listed, perhaps it's an audio-only stream or there's something wrong with it. If the listed video format is something VLC should support, perhaps support for the NSV format just isn't complete yet.

    In any of the above cases you're probably out of luck, as between VLC and MPlayer you can play basically any format for which a Mac-compatible codec exists on the Mac, with the sole exception of a couple of Windows Media codecs.
     
  3. mduser63 macrumors 68040

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    What software do you use to play .nsv files under Windows?
     
  4. ebally thread starter macrumors regular

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    VLC or Wimamp.

    I've just found out that the videos is question are coded in the VP6 format if that helps?
     
  5. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    VP6 doesn't have any Mac support as far as I know... It's pretty much a Windows-only format.
     
  6. ebally thread starter macrumors regular

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    I was talking to a friend, and he swears blind that there was VP6 support in an older version of VLC on the Mac. But it was latter taken out.
     
  7. dubbz macrumors 68020

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    Hmm... that sounds odd. I don't think anyone's actually reverse engineered it yet. Maybe he's thinking about VP3?

    Searched in various changelogs, but nothing turned up except for vp3/theora.
     
  8. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    No, I ran into a VP6 coded file a while back, and after a whole mess of searching I'm 98% certain there has never been a VP6 codec on any platform but Windows. It's from a small company, it's a new codec, and although they opensourced VP3 (which is why VLC supports it just fine), they have done no such thing for VP6 and nobody has reverse engineered it yet that I've heard anything about.

    Ironically, they actually do have a cross-platform Java-based (or is it Flash?) decoder for that codec so you can embed movies using it--there's a demo on their site. But there's no way I could find to feed it an external file, so it's worthless to the average person.
     
  9. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

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    NSV is NullSoftVideo. it's a winamp proprietary format for streaming video. you likely won't see support elsewhere. who knows though.
     
  10. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Actually, apparently ffmpeg knows how to handle them, and MPlayer claims support for all but the newest ones from the Winamp site. That said, they apparently often use VP6 video and whatever VLB audio is, and since almost nothing can decode either of those proprietary codecs, it doesn't much matter if the container formats are supported as nothing will play what's in them.
     
  11. harshitvaria macrumors newbie

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    VP3 and NSV

    Hi,

    I have been struggling with the same problem for ages and no one has a clue.

    Makosuke, you said that VP3 is supported by VLC. but I have proff to the contrary.

    Take a look at the following screens:

    VP3 for Windows

    [​IMG]

    VP3 for Mac

    [​IMG]

    Can you please tell me why VP3 which is an open source codec is not supported on a Mac.

    The closest I have come to getting this to work correctly is when I installed NicePlayer and added the Xine Plugin for NicePlayer. In that case I get the audio and video fine but they are out of sync.

    Regards
    Harshey
     
  12. lpshean macrumors regular

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    Yeahh same problem here. It just won't play in VLC. The sounds don't work, and the pictures are just choppy.
     
  13. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Hmm... how interesting. I found a demo file, and indeed the current VLC version seems to have issues with the VP3 codec. Weird since it's open source and has been for a while. I wonder if it's a bug...?

    The irony is, there's an officially supported QuickTime plugin that works just fine for VP3.2 video, but of course QT can't handle NSV files so you can't get to the video to play it. If you want it, it's the first thing on the QuickTime Components page:

    http://www.apple.com/quicktime/resources/components.html

    ...and it worked just fine on 10.4.3, latest QT7, with their Windows demo file (all the Mac demo trailers are broken links).
     
  14. Wes macrumors 68020

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    .NSV files work with VLC 0.7.1a but not newer versions.
     
  15. Consultant macrumors G5

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    Thanks, 0.7.1a works.

    Got the old app from:
    www.oldapps.com
     

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