Watching downloaded movies

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  1. shuffles macrumors 6502

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    hi there,
    i downloaded a movie and when i opened it it said i needed the components that went with quicktime in order to play it. what components does it mean?
     
  2. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    Probably the MPEG-2 component.

    Get VLC, it should work.
     
  3. shuffles thread starter macrumors 6502

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    cheers man, just downloading it now, hopefully it'll work
     
  4. shuffles thread starter macrumors 6502

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  5. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    That's why we're here.
     
  6. Jimmy James macrumors 68030

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    Is there any way to get avi, mkv, etc. files to play smoothly? They look blocky on the mac to the point that it gives me a tension headache, but are a delight on my pc.
     
  7. drossad macrumors regular

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    +1. I have the same problem.
     
  8. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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  9. techfreak85 macrumors 68040

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    vlc will prety much take anything u throw at it. altho sometimes it can be a little choppy.
     
  10. Jimmy James macrumors 68030

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    VLC will play most types of video files on the mac just like on the pc. But it doesn't look very good on the mac.
     
  11. Jimmy James macrumors 68030

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    I don't have a mac at my disposal right now. Does this get rid of the blockiness?
     
  12. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    I am watching a 2.4gb .mkv file on my in quick time with perian installed and there has been no blockiness so far. On VLC occasionally I would get blockiness on the same video file and have noticed none so far on the same parts with Perian. Perian works great
     
  13. Jimmy James macrumors 68030

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    Thanks for the info. I'll look into it.
     
  14. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Most definitely. The reason I use VLC is so I can do full screen on an extended desktop (My TV), which Quicktime won't support without "Pro." :rolleyes:

    I'd mirror, but it doesn't fill right, so I prefer the extended mode.
     

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