Free codec you use for your mac?

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  1. seasurfer macrumors 6502a

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    What is the free codec you use for your mac so you can watch most of the video.
     
  2. sunfast macrumors 68020

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    Perian is an excellent codec pack.

    VLC includes codecs to play nearly everything.
     
  3. Slumbercub macrumors regular

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    As well as Perian Flip4Mac is also an essential so you can play wmvs etc.

    I also include Real One for Mac which is very good on OS X (unlike Windows) and is very useful for online radio and BBC media. :)

    I have never yet come across a video that I haven't been able to play with that lot installed.
     
  4. clevin macrumors G3

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    you really have only one choice
    ffmpeg libavcodec

    no matter its perian, vlc, mplayer, they all use same codec libaray.
     
  5. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Since when?

    Last i knew, VLC brought its own codecs along with itself. I never really used Mplayer, but Perian gets 'installed' to the Quicktime Components folder, which even after installing VLC, does not have stuff in it.
     
  6. QuantumLo0p macrumors 6502a

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    Only use flip4mac if you don't already have Quicktime Pro. Flip4mac hijacks ALL your exported video with an ugly flip4mac watermark. If you don't have QT Pro then I recommend using it.

    I suppose ruining perfectly good software is flip4mac's way of guaranteed revenue! :eek:
     
  7. clevin macrumors G3

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    since forever?
    i guess you are confused about codecs and codec library.

    http://wiki.videolan.org/VLC_Features_Formats
    and http://perian.org/#develop
    most vlc, perian's codec are support by ffmpeg library.
     
  8. TheStu macrumors 65816

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    Right that is fine and all... which isn't what I was saying (sorry if it came off that way) but rather I was under the impression that you were saying that once installed, they shared codecs. But, if you install VLC you don't immediately gain the ability to play MKVs in Quicktime. For that you need Perian.

    Unfortunately, VLC already plays just about everything, so the inverse argument can't be made :)
     

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