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DoctorWho

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Icon 5 posted March 27, 2008 16:09      Profile for DoctorWho     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Does anybody use Perian as a plug in for Quicktime? Do you find it's stable? Does it also make Front Row recognize avi's or does Front Row use something besides Quicktime playback movies?

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It would almost certainly help Front Row with AVIs. I used to have it installed, but it kept inserting a single green frame at the start of MPEG 4s I exported. Seeing as I do that a lot, it had to go, but they've probably fixed that by now.
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Thanks you. I guess being new to the Mac I am being cautious about what I install on my machine. I don't want to break anything. I'm sure I will have more questions as I go.

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For the longest time I've used VLC to play most video media, mostly because I was unaware of Perian as a solution as a Quicktime plug-in for all those wacky codecs out there. VLC seemed complete enough and has capable subtitle options. (I've found quite a few instances where English subtitles are buried third or fourth in a list of streams.)

Once I installed Perian however, I've started using Quicktime more frequently. In most cases the image quality seems much smoother. I'm not sure if this is a function of some kind of post-processing under the hood or simply a better decoding of the various codecs. VLC has post-processing options, though they are set manually. Also, in some cases I've had to manually change the decoding options in VLC from the so-called "default" decoder. This was usually with Matroska (MKV) files and some AVIs, although not in every instance.

Truth be told, I haven't bothered to see if the Perian/Quicktime combination works with every kind of file out there, but I've been very happy with it. And, it's never complained or crashed once since I've started using it. I can't testify to it's performance when it comes to encoding, so your mileage may vary. I would encourage you to use it, but keep VLC tucked away on your machine in the event you find something not playing in Quicktime.

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