Perian 1.1 Released

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  1. arn macrumors god

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    New version of Perian video codec plug in for Quicktime as of Feb 6th

    http://perian.org/

    1.1
    - Major performance improvements
    - TrueAudio, MP1, and DTS audio support
    - Slice-based multithreaded decoding for MPEG-1/2/H.264
    - Apple H.264 now handles AVCHD/interlaced video
    - Compatibility fixes for QuickTime 7.4 and Leopard
    - Objective-C GC compatibility
    - Fixed a crash in Toast
    - Better subtitle rendering
    - Subtitles play during MKV loading
    - Snow support
    - Miscellaneous bug fixes
     
  2. SthrnCmfrtr macrumors 6502

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    Fantastic. Perian should be on everyone's short list of essential applications.
     
  3. xUKHCx Administrator emeritus

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    Indeed it is installed on every mac I know and is one of the first things I install. Glad to see the update, glad to see bug fixes (not that I had any problems with it before).
     
  4. briandadude macrumors newbie

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    Good stuff.

    Is Perian meant to replace VLC, or do you use both concurrently? :confused:
     
  5. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    Perian is meant to add support for many codecs to the QuickTime framework using some of the same libraries as VLC. It does not, however, implement all of them (most notably, OGM container support is still missing), so you can certainly keep VLC around for stuff that Perian doesn't support. However, if you don't HAVE any files like that, I don't see why you'd need VLC.
     
  6. aLoC macrumors 6502a

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    Perian is great, but all most people need in terms of additional codecs is Windows Media and DivX. These can be had in very high quality versions from divx.com and flip4mac.com
     
  7. motulist macrumors 601

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    VLC handles almost every media file I ever want to view, and I never want to do anything with the files besides view them, so VLC works great for me. However, there is one thing that I use perian for that vlc can't do - watch downloaded youtube videos.

    Basically, everyone should install perian simply because there's no reason not to.
     
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Perian is gr8!

    But, I can't get Dolby Digital audio enabled on my Logitech Z680 5.1 speaker system attached via Digital Audio to my Mac mini Core Duo (Mac OS X 10.5.1, QT 7.4.1).
    It looks like DTS is supported, but even if I select Audio Out to "Multi Channel" in the Perian prefpane, only Stereo signal is received.
    I suppose QuickTime simply can't cope with Dolby Digital... :(

    Only VLC and Apple's DVD Player seems to support Dolby Digital ATM.
     
  9. solvs macrumors 603

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    I use those too, and VLC if I need it. They're all free, so why not. I've had qlitches with old files though, hoping this version fixes them. It's ok with the new QT fix I'm assuming.
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Looks like I can use Quicktime now for a few more of those flaky MKV files.
     
  11. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    There was a workaround for this with QT 7.3 and Perian 1.0, involving the Audio MIDI Setup utility in the /Applications/Utilities folder, but I'm not sure if that works anymore. Forgot to install Perian 1.1 at home last night, so I'll have to do that when I get home today. Curse my memory! :p
     
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  13. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    It could be that this workaround simply doesn't function anymore. QuickTime has always been spotty about outputting Dolby Digital unaltered through digital outputs. Since it was never really designed to do it in the first place, every method of doing so has been kind of a hack/workaround.
     
  14. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

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    Yeah, this seems best for .mkv files, since VLC and flip4mac handle most everything else.

    One more weapon in the arsenal.
     
  15. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Cheers.

    I'll keep an eye on those forums, to check if anyone got an .mkv file working on Leopard with QT 7.4.1
     
  16. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    Does one really need this? I mean, I had it installed for a long time but I always seemed to need the DivX codec anyway.
    After my last install I didn't even bother installing it and just went with the flip4mac and the DivX codecs and haven't come across a single file that I couldn't open.
    So what do you guys use Perian for?
     
  17. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    h.264 in MKV encapsulation with SSA or ASS.
     
  18. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604

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    Perian + Flip4Mac are all that's needed. No additional DivX codecs are necessary.... Maybe you still have some older codecs in your Quicktime Library directory which should have been uninstalled..?
     
  19. Pine-Tree macrumors member

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    Perian 1.1 released!

    The 'swiss-army' knife for quicktime has been updated. Seems they added a few things; I dropped VLC after knowing about this gem. Anyone notice any major changes or features??

    Abe
     
  20. psychofreak Retired

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    You're quite late...I find VLC still has its uses...
     
  21. Pine-Tree macrumors member

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    You mean this update has been released a while back? If so then my bad, just saw it on my end so decided to post it, since I thought it was new. I think I have auto update turned off so that might explain it. Did you mean to say that VLC still has it's 'uses' or that's it's useless??

    Abe
     
  22. psychofreak Retired

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    Yeah, the update is not new

    Thanks for correcting me, VLC is useful when I need music louder than iTunes can provide, and plays more formats.
     
  23. ravenvii macrumors 604

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    plus VLC supports more subtitle formats as well.
     

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