Qtx help neede

Gb160

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Hi all, still a bit of a noob so be gentle ,apologies if I'm posting this in the wrong place but I'm literally pulling my hair out and hoping someone out there can provide some help.
Basically Im running. 10.6.8 everything running smooth,except playback/codec issues with QuickTime x. I don't seem to be able to open divx,xvid etc mainly avi files....now I know all about perian but ....when opening a file,qtx opens a small slim box with "loading movie" on it but it never plays,and the text just stays there.now I can play all my mp4 files, no problems..other players (plex,vlc,niceplayer) can play all my .avi files so there's nothing wrong there,I just always like qt and am dying to get this working.
Annoying thing is..I had this all working perfectly,exact same system,but due to a hard drive fault, had to reinstall osx..and had this problem ever since...I ve tried installing,reinstalling perian..different versions of perian...downloaded a set of QuickTime components and installed those..but no joy...god knows what I've done wrong but I've run out of ideas....please please anyone help!!
 

Gb160

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Thanks for reply...I'm using qt 10.0(51)
I just prefer the look and feel of qtx ...and I use frontrow as a media centre...and as we all know..if it'll play on qt it'll play in frontrow !!
 
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What components are listed in the Macintosh HD / Library / QuickTime folder?
The above ones are in mine and I haven't Perian installed yet, as I didn't need it yet.
 

Gb160

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You seem to have some that I am missing...I only have four stating with avidxxxxxx you seem to have more......where did you get your components mate ??
 

Gb160

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You'll have to forgive my ignorance but how do I do that ??
 
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You have many components, do need them all? Some are also very, very old, from 1999 and 2003 and such.

I would backup that folder (make a copy of it to the Desktop) and delete all components and start with installing Perian again, to see, if that helps.
 

Gb160

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I ve just tried that, so all there is in QuickTime folder is perian.component

Result is the same...loading movie ......and nothing
 
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The it is time to analyse the file via one of these tools, then attach the report to your next post:
VideoSpec (I prefer that, though it hasn't been updated since 11/2009), MediaInfo Mac (10/2010) or MediaInfo (4/2011, there is a Mac OS X version to download, VideoSpec and MediaInfo Mac are using the same library as MediaInfo)
 
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Thanks.
As you can see, the video uses Xvid as video codec, something Perian should play back with no problem.

I just installed Perian and played back an .avi file with the Xvid codec and QT X and QT 7 could play them back without any problems.
Does the same happen in another, even temporarily created, user account?

And also go to Macintosh HD / System / Library / QuickTime and make a screenshot or two of the components listed there.
It looks like this on my Mac:
 

Gb160

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right i created a temporary account and the result is the same
.......loading video...then nothing

here is my system/library/quicktime components

i ll be bloody impressed if you sort this one !!!
 

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Gb160

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Right...Ive just about sorted this one so i thought id share this with anyone else suffering !!!
It seems that theres a security update that changes some quicktime components.....which stops playback of avis and mkvs via perian.

The solution is to make a copy of your quicktime components in System/library/Quicktime before applying the security update (i think its security update 2011 006)

then once the security update is applied..delete your qt components,empty trash,copy un modified qt components back to system/library/quicktime and reboot.

avi/mkv playback via quicktime x should now be restored.
There is a BUT though....The latest safari (5.1.2) will only play certain videos (like the ones on apples homepage) with the security update properly applied,but via pacifist i was able to force installation of safari 4.0 which plays apples videos fine and leaves everything else working which just leaves me one question....
what am i losing by running safari 4.0.3 in comparison to the latest safari ?? does old safari have any security vulnerabilities ??

Any feedback would be appreciated
 
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