Torrents and Quicktime

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  1. Witty lama macrumors member

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    I've just downloaded my first torrent file on my MacBook (using Azereus) and though the file is complete (in .avi format) and it starts to play in Quicktime there is neither sound nor pictures. Just a white screen. The first time I tried to play it Quicktime said something like "You may be missing some files, check here: http://www.apple.com/quicktime/resources/components.html

    What, if any, of these add ons do I need? What is the problem?

    Yours in Ineptitude, Witty lama
     
  2. pepeleuepe macrumors 6502

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    Vlc

    Your best bet would be to download VLC and play the AVI file with that. VLC includes almost every codec you would need and its easier than trying to find the right plugins for Quicktime (which sometimes don't exist).

    VLC will play almost any video you download, so you'll learn to love it.
     
  3. kgarner macrumors 68000

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    Most likely it is encoded in DivX. This seems to be the most popular codec used for video. Download te QuickTime plugins from divx.com and you should be good to go. The benefit of doing this over using VLC is you can drop the file into your Movies folder and play it in Front Row.

    Nothing against VLC, but I just love Front Row.
     
  4. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    I highly recommend VLC as well -I use it to play all of my videos. That being said, I don't have Front Row, so I can see the attraction in that as well. If you are wanting to go the QT route, grab those divx codecs and grab yourself Flip4Mac as well. :cool:
     
  5. Witty lama thread starter macrumors member

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    cheers guys, DivX worked a treat.
    I wanted to stay within Front Row and once I downloaded the codec it worked automatically in Quicktime, DivX player and FR.
    Cheers!
     
  6. Witty lama thread starter macrumors member

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    Ok, new but very related problem.

    I've made several things work now but one movie only plays without sound. The video is crystal clear but it's totally silent. the same error message pops up in Quicktime directing me to the same site here:
    http://www.apple.com/quicktime/resources/components.html

    The file is in HDTV.Xvid-AC3
    What other codec(s) do I need to get the sound to work?
    :confused:
     
  7. XIII macrumors 68040

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    The AC3 sound codec. :p
     
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    don't worry. Found it on a previous thread.
    Cheers.
     
  10. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    I gave up downloading videos from torrents or other p2p sites. Too many damn codec/players to hunt down to make it work.
     
  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    What do you mean? I 've downloaded hundreds of videos and have never had a problem playing any of them using VLC or QT. 2 players. Everything you need. What could be simpler? :confused: :cool:
     
  12. FredClausen macrumors regular

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    Only one player :)

    The whole codec war is stupid. Surely there has to be a better way to distribute video eh?
     
  13. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Heh heh - then I would argue that my "one player" of choice - VLC - will play 95% of all the videos I throw at it. :p ;) :cool:
     
  14. XIII macrumors 68040

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    It will choke on WMVs. :p
     
  15. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yep - that would be the 5% I eluded to. ;)

    But really, who would want to tarnish a Mac with a crappy Windows file like that??? :p :D
     
  16. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    Not if you have Flip4Mac's WMV codec installed ;), even though it defaults it to Quicktime.
     
  17. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Does that work with VLC?
     
  18. baummer macrumors 6502a

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    Ever since I downloaded Flip4Mac and installed it, it seems to work on every player I have.
     
  19. XIII macrumors 68040

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    Hah! Cool.. didn't know that. :)
     
  20. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Well, looks like my 95% has now moved up to 99%... :p :D :cool:
     
  21. XIII macrumors 68040

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    1% is Real Media? :D
     
  22. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Well, on my Mac at least, 0% is RM - I never touch that crap. ;) :cool:
     
  23. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    But alas, does not VLC have nothing to do with anything that uses QT components?

    i.e. Front Row, FCP, DVDSP, etc wont play what QT wont play, right?

    If it plays in VLC but nothing else, find the codec, dont be lazy. I only use VLC when QT wont play it, just to be sure its even a video. If VLC does play it, i look for the codec so I wont need VLC.

    if you got the Xvid and AC3 codec, you should be good to go. Sometimes people have weird versions of Xvid, but if you know where the video came from, people would already have gotten your question about what codec to use, answered.
     
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    Where?
     

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