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Perian

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Free (GPL)
Language:
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Latest version:
1.2.3 25/07/11
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Perian is fully compatible with:

  • Mac OS X

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Processor: PPC/Intel
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Available languages

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Perian 1.2.3 25/07/11 Free (GPL) English
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Limitations

Make QuickTime play almost any video format

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Recent changes

  • With Perian, the Swiss Army Knife for QuickTime, any OS X application that uses QuickTime can now use these additional media types:

  • AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats
  • MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
  • Subtitle support for SSA and SRT

  • What's New
  • Version 1.2.3:

  • N.B. Version 1.2.3 is the last version to support Mac OS X 10.4
  • Changes:

  • Some Fraps videos only displayed black. [r1424] (#566)
  • Workaround checks for Front Row stopped being effective. [r1426] (#564)
  • Fixed compatibility with web video playback. [r1427, r1429, r1450] (#572)
  • Worked around System Preferences crashing during an update on 10.6. [r1449] (#591)
  • This change will take effect after this update.
  • Further fixes to Matroska import. [r1432, r1441, r1447] (#338, #492, #594, #601)


Perian supports the following formats

AVI, FLV, and MKV file formats, MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, H263I, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), MPEG Layer II Audio

Notes

Important Note: Perian is no longer under development and does not work with QuickTime 10 or above. However, it still works with QuickTime 7.6.6.

Review last updated: 02/10/12

Pros
  • Support wide range of media files
  • Subtitle support for SSA and SRT
  • Works with QuickTime 7.6.6
Cons
  • May not play all media types
  • No longer under development
  • Does not work with QuickTime 10 or above

Perian is a free plugin that enables QuickTime to play almost every popular video format. With Perian installed, any OS X application that uses QuickTime can now use these additional media types:

  • Divx, XviD, FLV, AVI
  • MS-MPEG4 v1, MS-MPEG4 v2, MS-MPEG4 v3, DivX 3.11 alpha, 3ivX, Sorenson H.263, Flash Screen Video, Truemotion VP6
  • h.264, mpeg4, AAC, AC3 Audio, and VBR MP3 (when they are inside an AVI)

"Works Great on Lion and Mountain - Requires Quick Time 7.6.6 - Not QT 10"

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  • Stability10
  • Installation10
  • Functionality8
  • Appearance10

.avi files now play in QuickTime 10.1 or later without any plugin or conversion.

.wmv files require QuickTime 7.6.6 with Perian 1.2.3.

Mac Perian works just fine in SL, Lion and ML. It's QT 10 that's the problem. Fortunately, QT 7.6.6 still works great. Trash QT 7.7 if found.

Find the QuickTime 7.6.6 Installer in the Extras folder of the SL, Lion and ML Iinstaller or download it free from Apple. Run the installer. It defaults to the Utilities folder. Do Not Move it to the Applications Folder or it will conflict with QT 10 (required by System). If you have a QT 6/7 Pro Key for the Mac, open QT 7.6.6 and install your key by going to Registration.

Once you have downloaded and installed Perian 1.2.3 and QT 7.6.6, you must do the following:

Do a Get Info on any .wmv file. Select Quick Time Player 7 for Open With.

It must say Quick Time Player 7. If not in the menu, select Other, navigate to your Utilities folder and then select Quick Time Player 7.

Check the box to Open All.

Pros
  • Works great with supported files
Cons
  • Doesn't work with QT 10. Must install QT 7.6.6 (same as QT Pro users)

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