Quicktime Player really slow when opening a movie

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  1. letaalio macrumors member

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    After updating Quicktime to 7.2 it has gotten really slow when opening a movie, VLC on the other hand does this in an instant.

    I can open Quicktime Player itself pretty fast, but when I want to open something, I get the beachball spinning for about 5-10 seconds, only then I can switch to the player and watch it.

    This is really annoying.. I don't want to use VLC, because it is not that stable and I hate to use its FF feature. Is there something I can do about it? I tried downloading QT player from Apple and reinstalling, but it didn't help
     
  2. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    You might check to make sure that the latest version of all your codecs is installed--I haven't seen it myself, but a 3rd party codec (DivX, say) that doesn't play nice with QT 7.2 might cause behavior like this.
     
  3. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Ok, I take that back--I HAVE seen behavior like this now. Further, my guess was right.

    At least on my system, the Perian codec was causing inordinately long load times for any file that it was capable of playing. So stock .mov files and .wmv, which is immediately taken by Flip4Mac, were normal. But when I went and tried to open an XviD encoded AVI, the same stall you were talking about popped up.

    Taking the Perian component out of the Quicktime Plugins folder and restarting QT player fixed it, though. Since DivX handles most common AVI files, it's not a big loss.
     
  4. letaalio thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks man, it really did help installing Perian :) I am happy to use QT Player again :)
     
  5. luke.hirsch Guest

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    I moved the Perian component, and it sped up the load times for sure... but there are still some ridiculously long loads.

    Mac has Front Row, which allows you to watch movies rather conveniently... and this is what is still bugging up. I'm guessing it's because some of the movies in its database are the file type which is slowing it down.

    Any suggestions on how to be able to use Quicktime/Front Row without these crazy load times?
     
  6. wetrix macrumors 6502

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    I was having the same problem with very slow quicktime load times. I updated perian to 1.0 and divx to the latest version and the problem was solved!

    Thanks.
     
  7. Mllewell4193 macrumors newbie

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    Similar Problem - Quicktime slow to open .avi

    I also have encountered a similar problem with Quicktime since upgrading to 7.4.1. I originally had a problem upgrading from OS X 10.5.1 to 10.5.2 so I had thought the Quicktime issue was a similar problem. However it was not, after going to the Apple store they fixed OS X but not my Quicktime problem. I have tried deleting and re-installing flip4mac and Perian with no success and deleting and re-installing Quicktime Pro... However I did get the same (normal/fast) opening speeds when opening in Rosetta, however the playback of the video was then choppy and irritating... I can't suggest anything else at this time but I hope someone figures something out quickly.

    P.S. I also tried everything on this thread without success, good luck to us all!
     
  8. LaurenceHat macrumors newbie

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    QuickTime 7.4 very slow to load some MOV and MP4 files.

    The problem for me happens with .MOV and .MP4 files created in Sorenson Squeeze v4.5 I did some research on this and found that all of the Quicktime versions after 7.2 have this problem on two new Windows machines that I am using.
     
  9. LaurenceHat macrumors newbie

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    QuickTime 7.4 very slow to load some MOV and MP4 files.

    The problem for me happens with .MOV and .MP4 files created in Sorenson Squeeze v4.5 I did some research on the issue and found that all of the Quicktime versions after 7.2 have this problem on two new Windows machines that I am using.
     
  10. kingmillo macrumors newbie

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    Quicktime slow to launch avi

    Hi folks, please help. I have 2 macs (iMac and mini) which I installed the same codecs on both. But the iMac is very slow to launch avi (1-2mins) even the quick look and the finder to display the icon. The mini plays it right up. I even have copied the component in Library/quicktime from mini to the iMac but still same problem. What could be the cause? additional info, I have DivX converter, ffmpegX, Real player on iMac but not on mini. Do they make a difference? BTW, the VLC plays the avi right up. Thanks everyone.
     
  11. richmans macrumors newbie

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    Hi all!

    i had the same problem, here is how i fixed it:

    First, i went to /Library/Quicktime. This is where your codecs are stored. I removed codecs until my avi file wouldn't play anymore. I believe it was called DivX encoder.component and DivX decoder.component. I could be wrong, maybe someone can verify this.

    Next, i installed a different divx codec. I used the one at dvix.com: http://www.divx.com/en/downloads/postdownload/divx/mac

    It now starts playout within a second..

    Hope this helps anyone!

    Richard
     

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