Perian or MPEG 2 Quicktime Component?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Mac In School, May 21, 2009.

  1. Mac In School macrumors 65816

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    I recently learned about Perian. Is it a suitable replacement for the MPEG 2 Quicktime Component sold by Apple?

    Is there anything the QT one will do that Perian will not?

    Thanks.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    I'm not sure about Perian being a substitute for the QT MPEG-2 component.

    A colleague of mine needed to view DVD MPEG-2 files with his Mac, but even though he had Perian installed, he couldn't play them even using MPEG Streamclip.

    On the other hand, I had no problems doing the same without the QT MPEG-2 component, but I have Final Cut Studio and Avid, and Perian of course, installed on my machine.

    He was using 10.4.11 and I use 10.5.6/7.

    As Perian is free, you could give it a try first, and see if it's enough for your needs with MPEG-2 files.
     
  3. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    I know you need the QT MPEG2 component to use mpeg streamclip with mpeg2 files, and i think you need it in addition to perian. But try perian see if it works. I think with Final Cut, the QT MPEG2 component may be included.
     
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4

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    Nowhere on Perian's website does it claim that the codec suite includes MPEG2-compatibility. It is doesn't claim it, then you can rest assured that it does not have it. If you want to playback MPEG-2 content, then you must purchase a license for the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component.
     
  5. Nermal Moderator

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    It is.
     
  6. jackerin macrumors 6502a

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    Actually, I was going to post the same before I looked at it and saw that it does mention MPEG2 video. I can't be bothered to uninstall the Quicktime MPEG-2 component just to check, but maybe someone else is willing to.
     
  7. upinflames900 macrumors 6502a

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    I could be wrong on this, but I think that it still needs the QT MPEG2 component to do anything, sort of like MPEG Streamclip, which can do a lot with MPEG2 files but you still need the QT MPEG2 component to anything. Maybe it is like an add-on to an add-on if that makes sense.
     

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