Essential codecs for Mac + Mpeg2 Codec?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by weatherreport, May 27, 2012.

  1. weatherreport macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    The Lion upgrade made my Macbook Pro really sluggish. So I've recently made a clean install of Lion. Now it seems in good condition. But...
    after the clean install, I had to get all codecs back one by one. I have Perian, Flip4Mac, Divx so far.
    But I feel I'm missing too many. For example when trying to drag a .vob file in MpegStreamclip for a conversion, it says I'm missing an MPEG2 codec. Which I find now is not free. I don't ever recall that I payed for it before. But I'm pretty sure I had it before the clean install. Does anyone have any idea? And what other codecs are necessary. Oh BTW, I use Final Cut Express at a hobbyist level (Which I didn't install after the clean install) Many many thanks.
  2. initialsBB macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2010
    The MPEG2 component is now integrated into Lion, but MPEG Streamclip hasn't yet been updated to access it. Your Final Cut Express install probably had the MPEG2 component, so you'll have to reinstall that to get access to it again.
  3. weatherreport thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    Thanks initialsBB...
    So does that mean, I have mpeg2 components on my OS but I only can't use it for conversion processes in MpegStreamclip?
  4. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    you need to install FCE to get it all back. You can download FCPX demo and then receive the ProCodecs via Apple Software Updates.
  5. weatherreport thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    Hey mBox, reinstalling Final Cut Express did not get my MPEG2 codecs back. Mpegstreamclip still says I need to update it. Any ideas?
  6. mBox macrumors 68020

    Jun 26, 2002
    Sorry my bad, dont really know much about FCE.
    I thought they allow you to download Procodecs if you install.
    I guess thats only for FCP and FCPX.
    I wonder if there is a link somewhere you can download that from?
  7. weatherreport thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2012
    Thanks mBox. I also downloaded a 1 month trial of FCPX. Did a software update of some components. But still no sign from an MPEG2 :) Do you think that's normal?
  8. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    If you use (or have used) Final Cut, then you probably have the MPEG-2 component.

    The problem is that after upgrading to Lion, the MPEG-2 component gets moved to a location that MPEGStreamclip can't find. You have to move it back (or somehting like that)

    Take a look at the MPEGStreamclip website. They have instructions on how to get it working under Lion.

    Here's the bit about Lion.


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