Video Question from Newbie (QuickTime supports limited number of formats)

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by iTexasDude, Mar 8, 2011.

  1. iTexasDude macrumors newbie

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    I am very new to the Mac. Just got an iMac 27 and I love it but I am confused about video. It seems to me that QuickTime only supports a very limited number of formats for video. Is this the case or am I missing something? I have found very little that the PC would not play. But the native output of my camcorder will not play on the Mac without conversion. I had to convert my videos for the ipad but kept the originals on the PC but now I cannot play the originals anywhere but the PC and I would like to phase the PC out eventually....

    If I remember correctly QuickTIme wants MPG 4 format? Is that the only format? Is this a loss of video quality from other MPG formats? What about avi? Considering Final Cut Express, would this help in format conversion without loss of quality?

    I would greatly appreciate any explaination I can get for the video issues with the Mac and QuickTime when coming from the PC....

    Thanks!
     
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    Similar to video playback on Windows you need to install additional codecs. Install Perian and Flip4Mac.
     
  3. iTexasDude thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Interesting since I don't recall having to install anything to play most formats in windows media player. Does it just come with these sort of things already installed or did I miss it somehow? Windows played the native format of my camera right out of the box. Sorry for not saying what that format is but I cannot remember and I am not at home now to check what it is.....
     
  4. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus

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    I have no idea. It's been over 10 years since I had a Windows machine. And even then I built it myself so had to install lots of codec packs...
     
  5. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

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    Given that just about everyone installs Perian etc, why don't Apple just make Quicktime able to play anything?
     
  6. iTexasDude thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well I installed Perian and Filp4Mac and did not help for my native format of my video camera. BOUGHT the apple MPEG-2 codec and then it would play the movies but without sound. Found a free app that would convert the videos to .mov and those work but I would like to play the native format.

    Is there a way to make Quicktime play these and include sound?
     

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