codec problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Rmpl, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Rmpl macrumors member

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    Is there a program like gspot for mac os x? I want to check on my codecs and analyze video files. Can anyone help?
     
  2. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I don't have it in front of me, but I believe QuickTime will provide information on the open video. It's either command-I or command-J, I always get the shortcuts mixed up. Under Window, anyway. Take a look at the video track.
     
  3. Rmpl thread starter macrumors member

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    That quicktime thing will definitely come in handy. I downloaded mpeg streamclip but as far as I can tell, it's main purpose is to convert file formats, which isn't really what I need.

    How can I see which codecs I already have on my computer?

    Thanks for the help guys. :)
     
  4. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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    I'm not sure, but if you're codec-obsessed, you should check out Perian if you haven't already done so.
     
  5. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I understood your query as to requesting an OS X app that could tell you what a file's codecs were. MPEG Streamclip can tell you that. However, if you want to know what codecs are available, that's a different question, and will have different answers depending on what app you're using, and if you are decoding or encoding.

    Here's file info on an HD movie I have using MPEG Streamclip's File -> Show Stream Info. Video is 720p in AVC, audio is in AAC (5-channel Dolby Pro Logic II). The question mark audio is the second track, Dolby Digital 5.1.
     

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  6. Rmpl thread starter macrumors member

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    Ah, I see cave man. I think i'll stick with cmd+I in quicktime since I already have that app though. I don't need to convert anything.

    I guess I was hoping for a list somewhere that tells the version numbers of all my video codecs. Sometimes I download a video and it doesn't play right so if I know what codecs I have I can avoid any problems.

    For example, I used quicktime to determine that my file uses divx 6.0 but i don't know if i have that version or an older one and I'm not sure how to check. I thought OS X might have a list somewhere.

    Thanks for the help guys.
     
  7. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Have you tried Plex? It's the best video playback app for Macs in terms of codec support and efficiency.
     
  8. BlueRevolution macrumors 603

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  9. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Yes. VLC can barely play 1080p m2ts or ts files even on a moderate speed Mac. Plex plays them on a 2 gHz mini with no problems and can handle both True-HD and DTS-HD audio.
     
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  11. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yep - I love VLC too, but Plex is the only way to go for HD content. It's a really slick app. :cool:

    As well as Perian, don't forget about Flip4Mac for WMV support.
     
  12. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    Then give XBMC a try. Plex is its descendent.
     

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