Quicktime doesn't play flv files

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  1. tcamposr macrumors newbie

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    Hi:

    I was downloading and playing flv files in quicktime using my PowerPC macmini. Since I got an Intel iMac I have not been able to play those files anymore... any thoughts why this could be happening? I don't recall doing anything special with the mini in order to play those files, it just worked fine. I have enable almost everything in quicktime preferences in my new iMac but still can't play them.

    Thanks

    TC
     
  2. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    The difference is in the Processor, not the software. Have you tried VLC? It's Intel compatible.
     
  3. tcamposr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    try VLC

    I will try an use it. I just love the way quicktime works and I will hate if I have to use another app just to play those videos. How comes it was working fine with my macmini?

    Thanks
     
  4. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603

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    Because your Mini has a PowerPC processor in it. For Intel's you need a Universal Binary program (work with both Intel and PPC) for some programs.

    Give it time for a Universal Binary of Quicktime to come out (or whatever plug-in you were using for the FLV files).
     
  5. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    This post makes no sense :confused:. Are you saying that QUICKTIME is not Intel compatible? Anyway onto the OPs question.

    I just did a quick Google search, and found this plug-in for Quicktime, that lets you play .FLV files. http://www.perian.org. By default Quicktime CAN NOT play FLV files, you must have had some sort of plug-in installed on your old Mac Mini, weather you knew it or not. Im actually happy you asked this question, because up until now I was using FLVThing to play my FLV files, and I didn't really like it. Now that I found this plug-in it works perfectly.

    PS. Contrary to what everyone says I have never been able to open an FLV file with VLC
     
  6. todd2000 macrumors 68000

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    I reiterate Quicktime IS a Universal Binary, that has nothing to do with the OPs problem. You do realize that quicktime is not a plug-in right? http://www.apple.com/quicktime
     
  7. i.shaun macrumors 6502a

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    does anyone know why my quicktime suddenly cannot play FLVs?

    It used to do so flawlessly, I have perian installed, disk permissions are OK, there is no errors anywhere that I know of, and yet it recently keeps saying "Error -50"

    this is an intel based iMac
     
  8. eddiebax macrumors newbie

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    Waiting for Perian to update

    I had the same problem with perian; without it, QT plays flv files with no sound. Until perian updates the plugin, I've been using realplayer, but I miss being able to edit the files in QTPro.
     
  9. dlichtdotcom macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for this! :)
     
  10. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the info as well, now I can watch .AVI files too. :)
     

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