is there a free mpeg 2 codec?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by derekjd, Jan 18, 2007.

  1. derekjd macrumors member

    Dec 20, 2006
    Does anyone know if there is a free Mpgeg 2 codec out there? I really would like to grab video right from vobs rather then convert them and the only way I'm seeing is to buy the codec from Apple.... Open source or freeware would be great if it exists...

  2. mrrory macrumors regular


    Nov 13, 2005
    United Kingdom of America
  3. slosh macrumors newbie

    Aug 7, 2006
    ffmpegx requires that you download and install some freeware mpeg2 encoders (, but it looks like those might not help you with playback. the note about mpeg2 on that site says you need either the apple one or vlc to playback mpeg2 / muxed files. i didn't realize that streamclip requires an mpeg2 codec to load the muxed vob file. (i had the codec installed previously and never ran into the problem).

    how did you get the powerpc mpeg2 codec, which i gather from your other thread isn't working on your mactel? if you got it legally with final cut or dvdstudio pro, you should be able to download the updated codec with your serial number:
  4. smueboy macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2006
    I like Visual Hub with ffmpegX and the free mpeg2 binary - i can convert practically any video format then edit it in iMovie.
  5. marmiteturkey macrumors 6502a


    Aug 27, 2005
    No, Streamclip will not play mpeg2 without the Apple codec.
  6. Eraserhead macrumors G4


    Nov 3, 2005
  7. Josias macrumors 68000


    Mar 10, 2006
    These are all very good suggestions on how to play mpeg2 files, but since I love QT, and am basically trying to pimp my Quicktime:p as much as possible, I would like a plug-in for QT, which enables me to play MPEG2 files in QT.

    I currently have Quicktime Pro 7.1.3 with the following stuff:
    A52 codec

    Anything else I could add to play more files (MPEG" plugin:rolleyes: ), please do link me.

    (I am aware that Apple sells a codec for $20, but I'd rather have a free one if possible).
  8. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    Try divx for playback

    I record mpeg2 on a pc tv tuner and passed the file over to the mac. It sort of works...the first part of the video plays fine, but several minutes in it gets garbled and then I just get a green screen :( I checked the original on my pc and it plays fine with the divx codec, but the same file does not play well on the Mac.

    I would buy the apple codec, but it has a "shipping" charge from the apple store. I don't want a box in the mail, I just want to download the software and use it now....
  9. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    I personally avoid the problem by using VLC to convert to H.264.
  10. tyr2 macrumors 6502a


    May 6, 2006
    Leeds, UK
    I bought it a couple of months back from the UK store. It was a straight download no shipping charge. Perhaps it's changed?
  11. risc macrumors 68030


    Jul 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Australia
    I purchased the mpeg2 component 2 days ago for my iMac Core 2 Duo and there was no shipping charge. You may want to look at it again.
  12. wytevett macrumors newbie

    Feb 24, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    The VLC software mentioned above works great for me.

    I just got my Sony DCR HD video camera today. It records mpeg2

    The VLC software requires a two step process for me to use, but it works great.

    I just open the mpeg2 in VLC, then use the File/Export wizard to export to MPEG4. The saved MPEG4 file can then be imported into iMovie HD for editing.
  13. rapsball4 macrumors newbie

    Jan 11, 2008
    I couldn't find the codec on the Apple store - I had looked before and tried again after seeing this thread. I am also hoping to do the same thing as a I do a fair bit of video-editing and want to use my Sony DCRSR80 HDD that records in MPEG-2 with Final Cut Express. I don't want to do the conversion idea mentioned here (I'd probably use Pinnacle Studio 11 on my Vista machine) because if I remember correctly, they are lossy formats so I'd quality drop each time. Its also just a hassle that I'd really like to avoid if I can.
  14. -DH macrumors 65816

    Nov 28, 2006
    Nashville Tennessee
    Try again. There shouldn't be a shipping charge, but most likely there will be a charge for sales tax added if you're in the U.S.

  15. bcsbcs, Nov 4, 2010
    Last edited: Nov 5, 2010

    bcsbcs macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2010
    NO MAC anymore for videos?

    Many hours of videos taken with a SONY handycam (MPEG-2) seemed to be a bad business so far.
    I've found the ffmpegX application which is finally professional enough for home-use.
  16. knello macrumors member


    Dec 2, 2004
    ffmpegX is nice, but it's using a build of ffmpeg that's like 4 years old. I built my own using Macports, and it works great.

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