Thank you for your review
Email me when discounted: 
SheerVideo Reader is a decoder-only version of SheerVideo Pro, a powerful faster-than-real-time perfectly lossless software video codec for production, postproduction, and archival. Compared to uncompressed formats, Sheer will
  • double your disk speed
  • double your disk size
  • double your transmission bandwidth
  • maintain absolutely perfect fidelity, bit-for-bit identical to the original
SheerVideo supports all standard uncompressed formats, including:
  • RGB[A] and Y'CbCr[A]
  • 4:4:4[:4] and 4:2:2[:4]
  • with and without alpha
  • 8-bit and 10-bit
  • progressive and more...

What's New

Version Release notes were unavailable when this listing was updated.


  • PowerPC G3 | G4 | G5 or Mac Intel
  • Mac OS X 10.1+

Similar Software

Open Comparison
Suggest Other Similar Software
Leave a Review

SheerVideo Reader X User Discussion

Nobody has reviewed or commented on this app yet. Add your own comment and get a discussion going!
Sort by: Time | Smiles
Desterwallaboo Member IconComment+293

Seriously the best codec out there for the motionography/3D/film world....

I wish Apple would buy up this codec and put it in every single release of QuickTime.

Reply0 replies
Iamdorian Member IconReview+89

This is simply the best stand-alone LOSSLESS video codec out there, for the money. Video professionals attempting to maximize their hard drive space (that's all of us!) who need a real-time compression/decompression codec . . . this is it. Been using it for years. They are also religious about their stability updates.

This said I do not use it constantly any more, as I do less video SFX work than I used to, but this product should be considered by those who seek for total lossless compression. There are few solutions that really do loose "0" data. This is one of them.

Reply0 replies
Mibrilane Member IconComment+29

Four plus years without comments, so I thought I'd weigh in. I can honestly say I have never encountered a video that actually required this codec. Then again, I'm not in any professional video field.

I have it installed nonetheless, just in case.

Reply1 reply

Yup... this codec isn't used for final distribution... but is used extensively in-house inside of lots of design firms.

Anonymous Member IconReview

SheerVideo v2.0.2.1 is now available from the website ("More Information Link") which fixes the issue with the Installer on v2.0.2.0 posted earlier 3Dec04Friday.

Reply0 replies
Version 2.0.2
Anonymous Member IconReview

Installer quit with Error -43. Straight to trash. :p

Reply0 replies
Version 2.0.2
There are no Ratings for this App yet.
> 5 1


Current Version (2.x)


Downloads 11,660
Version Downloads 952
License Free
Date 27 Jan 2010
Platform OS X / PPC 32 / Intel 32
Price Free
Learn how MacUpdate Desktop makes installing apps from MacUpdate.com one-click easy.
Next time, install SheerVideo Reader X with 1-click

Learn how MacUpdate Desktop can install apps on MacUpdate with the simple click of the Install apps with MacUpdate Desktop icon. Plus, keep all your apps updated.