Perian
Perian 1.2.3
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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:

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)
Version 1.2.3:

Changes:
  • Some Fraps videos only displayed black. [r1424] (#566)
  • Workaround checks for Front Row stopped being effective. [r1426] (#564)
  • more...
Requirements
Intel/PPC, OS X 10.4.7 or later



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Perian User Discussion (Write a Review)
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Leesa reviewed on 02 Apr 2014
Oh Perian... Great seer of mkv... Son and Daughter to my avi... Mother and Father to all that is my abandoned interface... interloper to the Stars in my eyes... holder of the Electric Flame my heart needs to burn...

Oh great developer in the sky of hope... Live another Tale on Terra Firma to lightly enlighten the masses as Carl once did and Neil may also... Be alive again in the digital Audio Video Interleaving squalor that is my latest lot in the authoritarian mess that is Mavericks... or cast me down to PC... sigh.
[Version 1.2.3]


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--marc commented on 08 Jan 2014
For the adventurous, the following MaddTheSane/perian github repository may be of interest ...
--> https://github.com/MaddTheSane/perian
--> https://github.com/MaddTheSane/perian/releases
[Version 1.2.3]

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martinb2 replied on 13 Jan 2014
Thank you for this information, but as far as I understand it is for ffmpeg?

Really helpful would be if
a.) Apple would make "AV Foundation" extendible (like QuickTime used to be)
b.) and then someone would adopt Perian.
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martinb2 reviewed on 13 Nov 2013
Perian is a "must have" for all Mac users - even on Mavericks. It is still working for 32 bit applications and I do not see any alternative.

Together with the QuickTime extension Flip4Mac, any 32 bit application which uses QuickTime can open / play any common video format.

There are major differences to VLC and MPlayerX, for example:
1.) Videos can be edited i.e. to cut, copy, join movies very simple & easy.
2.) QuickTime VR (panorama videos) can be watched.
[Version 1.2.3]


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Smccandlish commented on 11 Nov 2013
Just use VLC or MPlayer. This isn't working with the current QuickTime, and QT is a pain anyway. For conversion/transcoding, see another free tool, Handbrake.
[Version 1.2.3]


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Interdigm reviewed on 25 Oct 2013
No longer works. Was Rating 5 stars all around on eariler OS Xs.

Was a great QT plugin! But no longer being actively developed.

Worked up thru OS X 10.8.5.x after OS updates, with uninstall and reinstalls (if needed).

Even after uninstalling and re-installing on 10.9 Mavericks, appears to install, but doesn't appear to work to watch FLV and other video files with QuickLook (Select File and SpaceBar).

Original developers can you get this working again in 10.9 ???
[Version 1.2.3]

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Waveman replied on 10 Nov 2013
Works with QT7 on my mac running Mavericks.

Apple, please roll this into QT ASAP.
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martinb2 replied on 15 Nov 2013
Perian is a QuickTime extension. QuickTime is 32 bit, and the QuickTime Player and QuickLook are 64 bit now - which is based on AV Foundation (64 bit).

So request to get it working again: no way. Just be happy that 32 bit is still supported on Mavericks.
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X6205 reviewed on 12 Aug 2013
As a recent Mac switcher i am very sad and disappointed that this project has stoped. Strange that there is no alternative codec pack for Mac..
[Version 1.2.3]

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Albabe replied on 26 Aug 2013
Guess again...
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martinb2 replied on 15 Nov 2013
It is not strange (in Apple's view): AV Foundation is - in Apple's opinion - the future. And AV Foundation does not (and I guess will never) support extensions to support common video formats.

Just think of iCloud (Apple's favorite): even if there would be any extensions for Mac, there would be never any extension for iOS. So it would not be iCloud compatible. So: now way!
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Povilas commented on 26 Jun 2013
61 days left.
[Version 1.2.3]

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--marc replied on 25 Jul 2013
Per the Internet Archive, the Perian "end of support" letter was posted around May 13, 2012.

However, the source tracker at trac dot perian dot org shows activity as recent as Jan 23, 2013 "astrange -- Remove some font API code that seems to be crashing in 10.8" and Feb 13, 2013 "gbooker -- Added support for Indeo 4".
--> http://trac.perian.org/browser/trunk?order=date&desc=1

Instead of a call for "Wrap it up, pack your bags", it would be great if the community could encourage and facilitate a clear open source transition to some place previously mentioned like GitHub. :-)
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Povilas commented on 17 Jun 2013
71 days left.
[Version 1.2.3]


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Povilas commented on 29 May 2013
I guess we are done here ... startring 90 days.
[Version 1.2.3]


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Povilas commented on 30 Apr 2013
Just checking in ...
[Version 1.2.3]


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Mahojas had trouble on 01 Dec 2012
doesn't load srt subtitles with mp4 files
[Version 1.2.3]


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Diogo Cocharro had trouble on 17 Mar 2012
Perian QT plugin doesn't load subtitles MP4 files. This is something I'm missing, or functionality that doesn't work properly with perian?
[Version 1.2.3]

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Diogo Cocharro replied on 17 Mar 2012
...with MP4 files...
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[RG] had trouble on 30 Aug 2011
I really like perian but it's so frustrating when you want to play a mkv with embeded subs you can't shut them down (as far as I know) and that really anoying when you want to use external subs (srt). Then the subs are overlapping and I have to grab vlc :-(
[Version 1.2.3]


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P0110 had trouble on 17 Apr 2011
Some Vid's dont work in FrontRow anymore...
[Version 1.2.2]


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Antoinesynopsis had trouble on 15 Apr 2011
Contrary to 1.2.1, doesn't work any more in FrontRaw with subtitles .srt : A black screen appears with only the sound. No picture.

iMac i7 2,8 GHz, 10.6.7
[Version 1.2.2]


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Hippeman had trouble on 24 Mar 2010
Awesome utility! Updated to v.1.2.1 via button in preference pane, but after installing my System Preferences crashed immediately. It seems to work though..
[Version 1.2.1]


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Robbnashville had trouble on 20 Dec 2009
I have always liked what Perian does. However, after installing the latest update I experienced a problem with some videos playing in QuickTime X in Snow Leopard. Basically I process recorded TV shows with Elgato's Turbo.264 HD to make AppleTV files. I then edit the commercials out in MPEG Streamclip and save them. This process has worked flawlessly for me for a long time. Today the videos I did would not play in QuickTime X, even though they would play in QuickTime 7 & other players. I decided to remove Perian and repeat the process with the video. After removing Perian, the resulting edited video played fine in QuickTime X as it always has.

Anyone else notice anything like this?
[Version 1.2]


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Colin had trouble on 30 Nov 2009
Does not work on mkv files. Use VLC instead of this.
[Version 1.1.4]

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Meego replied on 18 Dec 2009
Simply not true.

Though I would understand why you'd prefer to play MKVs in VLC (better controls, better performance, seeking improved)
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jffs had trouble on 31 Aug 2009
Snow Leopard and movies containing AC3 audio.

If you can't get Quicktime X to open a file with AC3 audio, you need to use Command+I to set Quicktime X to open in 32-bit mode. If you don't the AC3 and A52 components included in Perian will not work.

Hopefully there will be a 64-bit version of the AC3 components/Perian soon.
[Version 1.1.4]


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FLASH1296 had trouble on 28 Jul 2009
I went back to the prior version.

If others report trouble-free use of this version, I will try reinstalling.
[Version 1.1.4]



IgorK9719 rated on 26 Oct 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



Bas rated on 22 Oct 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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Defender rated on 23 Sep 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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Yoshita rated on 31 Aug 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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Roes rated on 01 Aug 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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vb078 rated on 02 Jun 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



NeilMcMillan8720 rated on 19 Mar 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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jackout rated on 16 Feb 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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Tweety_ rated on 02 Feb 2013

[Version 1.2.3]



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hugelshofer rated on 18 Jan 2013

[Version 1.2.3]


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Version Downloads:277,969
Type:Multimedia Design : Video
License:Free
Date:24 Jul 2011
Platform:PPC 64 / PPC 32 / Intel 64 / Intel 32 / OS X
Price:Free0.00
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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


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