QT codec for WMV (Popwire)

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  1. theBB macrumors 68020

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    Thanks to MacWorld, I have noticed that Popwire has come up with a QT codec for WMV (Popwire), which is universal. Playback part is free, but you need to pay to export files in WMV format, but why would you, right? :) Anyways, I checked out their website:

    http://www.popwire.com/product_info.php?cPath=1&products_id=7

    It has an installer instead of letting the user just "drag and drop" into one of Library/Quicktime folders. I am a little reluctant to try it, I don't want to mess up my other codecs. Has anyone tried it? Any feedback?
     
  2. treblah macrumors 65816

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    Is anyone else having problems getting to Popwire's site? Keeps timing out.
     
  3. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Site works for me. Have you tried a different browser? I'm on Safari 2.0 FWIW. :)
     
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  5. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    ill test it out when I get home if I can remember...
     
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Why wouldn't you just use Flip4Mac? It's free... :cool:
     
  7. theBB thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Popwire is free as well and already intel ready. Flip4mac intel support is "coming soon" for oh, 4 months now. Of course, I am not even counting the six month heads up Apple gave.

    Anyways, in short, competiton is always good for the consumer.
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Didn't realize this - thanks for the head's up on that. :cool:
     
  9. Lollypop macrumors 6502a

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    Just tried it out, huge installer in comparison to flip4mac.

    Once its installed it behaves oddly, quicktime opens a wmv file, but then only displays every few frames per second, and doesnt tell me what teh playing framerate is, I pause it for a few seconds and start it again, and then its fine and the framrate is what its suppose to be.

    Havnt thrown anything HD at it (as i dont really have much wmv content), still have a PPC based mac so will definately be staying with flip4mac until I get a intel based mac, that entire free thing is hard to beat! :D
     
  10. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    The frame rate is subpar for first few seconds, then picks up nicely (20" iMac with 2 GB RAM). And it has trouble playing earlier WMV formats (unofficial MPlayer Intel and VLC play them fine, however). In addition, Popwire does not support browser, so websites with WMV contents will not play.
     
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Mmmm... it's nice that there is now a second company competing to improve the quality of WMV playback on Macs, but this seems like a substantial limitation.... Hope they resolve it soon.
     

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