Perian or MPEG 2 Quicktime Component?

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

  1. Mac In School macrumors 65816

    Jun 21, 2007
    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?

  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    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


    May 20, 2009
    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


    Jul 17, 2002
    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


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    It is.
  6. jackerin macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2008
    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


    May 20, 2009
    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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