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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec Apps
A few months ago, a friend of mine recorded the Salt Lake City episode of "Insomniac with Dave Atell" and encoded it to mpeg2. Unable to play the file in QuickTime, I found myself trudging through various websites looking for a conversion program that would export the mpeg2 file into a viewable format. Apple offers the mpeg2 codec on their website for $20, and I felt this price was a little hefty just to view this one file. After trying out many different programs, and finding that none of them worked, I decided to call it quits. I had already seen the episode on television and I figured that a digital copy of it wasn't all that important.

But for the longest time, I've had the open-source program MPlayer in my Applications folder, but had rarely used it. Then this morning, just out of morbid curiosity, I dropped the .mpeg file into MPlayer. It worked!

I haven't tried this out with other mpeg2 encoded files, but I'm pretty sure they would work. MPlayer is a very easy to use application. Just drop your files into the "Playlist" window and click play!

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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec
Authored by: TvE on Sep 09, '03 09:47:23AM

Otherwise take a look at Video LAN client ;-)



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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec
Authored by: deuce5crildo on Sep 09, '03 10:25:46AM

right on, I prefer vlc



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Authored by: henry on Sep 09, '03 05:26:25PM

I too am a huge fan of VLC. I still kick myself for not realising sooner that the whole 'changing region codes back and forth' thing could be bypassed by simply using VLC to watch DVDs instead of Apple's DVD Player.

I've also noticed that Apple's DVD Player seems to have it's own little quirks when reading DVDs. Discs which are brand new and in pristine condition cause a read error (which quits the app, bizarrely) with Apple's DVD Player, and yet the same disc works fine in other players (such as VLC, or indeed, my hardware DVD player).

Anyway - a big thumbs up for VLC!



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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec
Authored by: Anonymous on Sep 09, '03 10:22:55AM

Mplayer has also enabled me to view some AVIs that I would have otherwise had trouble with. I have even written an alias that uses the Developer Tools' "setfile" command-line tool to set the type and creator of a file to MPlayer, so that I can quickly make a downloaded AVI file automatically open up in the future in Mplayer.



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Authored by: EatingPie on Sep 09, '03 10:45:51AM

The simple fact is that one player won't do it all. Such is life in the Mac mpeg/divx/avi/etc world (probably the PC world too). I found this especially true for divx encoded avi files, though it has been a few months since I've messed around with digital dowloads.


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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec
Authored by: vogunaescht on Sep 09, '03 10:56:29AM

I haven't found anything mplayer couldn't handle until now. It even plays the movie trailers from Apple, which are encoded with Sorensen video/QDesign sound. Mind, I'm using the latest CVS version with the latest ffmpeg library, so there might be movies an older version of mplayer can't play.



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Mplayer and .rm?
Authored by: Bobson on Sep 09, '03 11:55:52PM

MPlayer handles Windows Media files, which surprised me the first time I tried it, and is quite nice. But it doesn't handle RealPlayer files at all, or at least not any I've tried to play with it. Anyone else manage to get a .rm into MPlayer? (Note: this was a local file, not a stream from a website)



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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec
Authored by: vanthal on Sep 10, '03 06:57:15AM

I meant to try Mplayer a while back; this has reminded me, and it seems very nice. I usually use VLC, having recently reinstalled OSX and not wishing to install a pile of Quicktime codecs (I don't like the fact that the official DivX codex only comes in installer from, for example). Both VLC and Mplayer are single .app packages with drag-drop install, which I like. They both allow fullscreen, which is big advantage over basic QuickTime. Mplayer seems to me to have a nicer (and more standard) interface, and it offers a useful Statistics window showing CPU usage and the like. In short, there's a good chance Mplayer will become my default player. VLC probably has a lot of plus points - maybe the streaming server side, though I haven't played with that - but for everyday playback, I'm impressed with Mplayer. Very impressed.



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DVD playback?
Authored by: vanthal on Sep 10, '03 08:24:22AM

Anyone have any luck with DVDs in this OSX version of Mplayer? The site doesn't seem to give any information on them, and the official Mplayer docs give a command-line solution that's no use with the OSX app. VLC offers a 'play disc' menu option that works fine. You can drag .vob files into Mplayer, but they don't seem to play (though I'm no DVD file expert). Has anyone got DVDs playing through this version of Mplayer?

On a related topic, did anyone find a way of stopping DVD PLayer from running when a disc is inserted? I can stop it playing, but it still runs and puts a region change message up where applicable (and closing it ejects the disc). Ideally, I'd like to make VLC/Mplayer the default DVD application and bypass Apple's DVD Player altogether...



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DVD playback?
Authored by: tupholme on Sep 10, '03 09:13:39AM

Can't you just change the setting in the 'CDs & DVDs' control panel (assuming you are using 10.2)? This should allow you to change the default DVD player from Apple's to whatever you like...



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DVD playback?
Authored by: vanthal on Sep 11, '03 01:40:00PM

You, my friend, are a genius, and I am a fool.

This is like losing your glasses and having someone point out they're on your head...



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Authored by: sizzla on Sep 10, '03 10:51:54AM

Hi all,

Does anyone here know whether Mplayer can play Windows Media Player 9 files?



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Authored by: elmimmo on Sep 10, '03 06:21:30PM

Yes, I know. No it cannot. No software for Mac OS can currently play Windows Media 9 audio/video.



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Authored by: timb on Sep 10, '03 06:23:31PM

Try getting a copy of "ffmpeg codec" at http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/10830 that will let you play Windows Media in Quicktime. Between that, the offical DiVX 5 codec and a copy of VLC, you shouldn't need anything else.



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View mpeg2 files without the QuickTime mpeg2 codec
Authored by: kingarthur on Apr 03, '04 11:56:41PM

NO THIS DOESN'T MAKE A DIFFERENCE! :P
Quicktime still doesn't recognize mpeg2. Only VLC & Mplayer will play my file. I need to use Quicktime to edit it!



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