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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types Apps
I found this great QuickTime component package callled Perian that includes codecs for pretty much everything VLC does, thus making it possible to use QuickTime Player for all my media. The problem with Perian is that files with extensions like MKV or DIVX aren't given a preview or icon, even though they open nicely from the Finder.

The solution is to add those extensions to QuikTime's plist, which will associate a nice QuickTime 'Movie' icon for such files. Here's how:
  1. In the Applications folder, Control-click on QuickTime Player and choose Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu.
  2. Open the Contents folder, and then open Info.plist in a pure text editor of your choosing.
  3. Press Command-F and find the string Movie-Quicktime. Now add the wanted extensions to the array of strings above the line you found. For example, I added mkv in the following example:
    <array>
        <string>mov</string>
        <string>qt</string>
        <string>qtl</string>
        <string>mkv</string>
    </array>
    <key>CFBundleTypeIconFile</key>
    <string>Movie-QuickTime.icns</string>
  4. Save the file and quit the editor.
You might need start (or restart) QuickTime, as well as logout or reboot for the changes to take effect, because the Finder caches this information. Note: this doesn't generate previews for movies, only a QuickTime icon. Also, if there's an update to QuickTime, these changes might be removed.

[robg adds: It seems to me that there should be a simpler way to do this, but if there is, I'm not aware of it off the top of my head (other than pasting a custom icon on each file, which is definitely not a good solution if you have a lot of these files.)]
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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types
Authored by: alxp on Dec 02, '08 08:32:16AM
It seems to me that there should be a simpler way to do this, but if there is, I'm not aware of it off the top of my head (other than pasting a custom icon on each file, which is definitely not a good solution if you have a lot of these files.
Like that for example http://www.macupdate.com/info.php/id/25243 ? Or am I missing something?

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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types
Authored by: chrisd on Dec 02, '08 10:45:17PM

What about selecting one of the MKV files, going to the Get Info box, choosing the QuickTime Player in the popup list of the "Open With..." area and click the "Modify all.." button ?



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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types
Authored by: vocaro on Apr 13, '09 08:40:57PM

That only allows you to open the file in QuickTime. It doesn't change the Finder icon.



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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types
Authored by: gvitale on Dec 03, '08 03:30:33AM

You may want to save the modified info.plist, as you will need to use it at any update of the QuickTime Player.app ...



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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types
Authored by: IanB on Dec 04, '08 11:19:54AM

Make a screengrab of a frame in the movie, open the Info window, click on the icon in the top, left-hand corner and paste.



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Set QuickTime Player icons for non-standard file types
Authored by: vocaro on Apr 13, '09 08:54:52PM
Using Mac OS X 10.5.6 and QuickTime Pro 7.6, this hint did not work for me, even after rebooting. However, the Perian Type Installer, suggested by alxp, worked perfectly. Didn't even require a reboot.

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