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Apple Quicktime MPEG-2 component ($20)


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#1 of 2 OFFLINE   Oren

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Posted May 08 2007 - 05:28 AM

Apple recently released its Quicktime MPEG-2 playback component (http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2/) for $19.95. Does anyone know what this provides that isn't already provided as part of Quicktime, Perian, flip4mac?

After installing Perian and flip4mac, I've lost track of which does what, and it seems I can already playback MPEG2. So, I'm not sure what this component from Apple adds.

#2 of 2 OFFLINE   Phil Kim

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Posted May 08 2007 - 06:50 AM

FYI, the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component came out awhile back and is included with Apple Final Cut Studio.

Neither QuickTime/QuickTime Pro, Perian, nor Flip4Mac include MPEG-2 decoder. Besides DVD (MPEG-2 Component supports non-encrypted DVDs only), you probably won't run into MPEG-2 contents often, but when you do, this component will let you play and transcode them into other formats. It's worth noting that Dolby Digital (AC-3) and DTS are not supported, although there's free decoder for the former. Unless you actively produce DVDs, you probably won't need it.