Do i still need Codec for Mpeg2 from apple site for $20 ?

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  1. jigsb007 macrumors 6502

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    experts,

    I am new at this Mac world of editing videos and stuff. After reading lost of posts, i understood little bit.

    Initially , i wasnt able to import my .mpg files from my Mac's desktop( As its stored in one of the folder on desktop ).

    Then i found the solution from one of the post, that if i change the folder name, and if i import that folder as Camera archive, imovie should accept those .mpg movie clips..and i did it Gr8.

    Now, since imovie has accepted my files ( .mpg ), Do i still need some kind of third party software ? whcih can convert my .mpg files ? ( what i understood so far is, you only need third party software, if you cant import your movie files to imovie )..correct ????

    Also, do i need to download that Decode for mpeg-2 from apple site ? for $20 ?

    one more think, i tried exporting some clips as movie to my desktop and found out that the resolution wasnt that gr8.

    so, from now i need some suggestations..how do i keep the same resoultion as my original files? ( if not better )

    does it gets changed ? if i export it to iDVD ?

    please help me to clear my doubts..

    NOTE : after reading lots of posts, so far i have downloaded MKVmaker, handbreak , MPEG Streamclip
    I can also spend $20 for that decode for Quicktime from apple.

    Please help me to understand this process..thanks a lot
     
  2. careypo macrumors member

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    MPEGStreamclip still requires the $20 plug-in. However, a lot of people have had audio sync issues with it. So be careful. Here's a thread on this:

    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2011713?start=0&tstart=0
     
  3. johnhurley macrumors 6502a

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    I may not be understanding correctly but my shot in the dark guess is that the combination of VLC and Handbrake ( both free ) should give you a fair amount of capabilities of converting stuff back and forth without buying anything.
     
  4. jigsb007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks a lot for your reply..
    But, since my imovie has accepted all my .mpg from my sony camera, so i still need to convert ?????
    Or i can simply go ahead and create a DVD ? but then in this case will it give me the best results ?
    Do i need to set in imovie anything ? so that imovie can produce best DVD quality ?

    thanks in advance ...
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    If you have Lion, I believe the mpeg playback component is included.
     
  6. jigsb007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think its not included. thats what i found in some other Post too..
    But how do i check ? if its included ? in Lion
     
  7. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Someone on another thread posted the same thing. This pulled out of the air and makes no sense. The MPEG 2 Playback Component is not free because it uses technology licensed from Sorensen. Sorensen has not released its technology to the opensource community or into the public domain. If Lion were bundled with the MPEG 2 Playback Component would generate more revenue for Sorensen that it would for Apple.

    If as I you had the MPEG 2 Playback Component installed when you upgraded to Lion, then it will continue to work. However, that is not the same thing as having it as a part of Lion.
     
  8. jigsb007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ok, i finally managed to create Trailor , but the problem is with Quality.
    And i am sure, if i start my Project with iDVD, it will have the same problem with quality.

    Can anybody point it out, what i am doing wrong ?

    i have sony camcorder, which stores .mpg files with excelent result. i have imported to imovie ( if i play from imovie, the result is good ) . but when i export my files to idev or to desktop it screw-up the quality.

    Now, i am sure i am missing something here, but dont know what ...can anybody help ..please..
     
  9. Paratel macrumors 6502

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    if you want to keep using MPEG streamclip you do
     
  10. jigsb007 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry i didnt understood ..
    So far i have not used any thid party tool. Do i really need some kind of 3rd party tool ?
    Cant i create nice DVD by using imovie and idvd only ?

    So far, i have tried only imovie..but result is horrible...Am i missing something inbetween ? do i have to do some settings in imovie ? so it produce good quality videos ?

    OR its not possible with imovie ? I need some kind of tool, which can enhance my .mpg files b4 i load it to imovie ?

    thanks
     
  11. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    MPEGStreamclip is a QuickTime-based video conversion utility. It is particularly useful for converting MPEG 2 video into other formats. To do this, you will require an installation of the MPEG 2 Playback Component--if your video is in the MPEG 2 format. At any rate, the utility works well if you need it.
     
  12. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    From Apple's "buy MPEG2 component" webpage:
    http://store.apple.com/us/product/D2187Z/A
     

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