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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files System
First download and install the Perian QuickTime codec package, if you haven't done so already. Then download NicePlayer, and drag it to your Applications folder. Once that's done, launch NicePlayer and then quit it. Now open a new Terminal window and type the following to reload the Quick Look server:
qlmanage -r
Once you've done that, you should be able to open any MKV file in Quick Look. At this point, you can delete NicePlayer if you want, as it's already served its purpose. I've only tested this in Snow Leopard, but I assume it would work for Leopard as well, as NicePlayer only requires 10.4 or higher. On the off chance it doesn't work, though, you can try this QuickTime hack.
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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: bcometa on Dec 11, '09 10:28:22AM

didn't work.

10.5.8



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: tcsdoc on Dec 11, '09 11:10:51AM

Wow, this works great. Now if I can just find a .mkv repair program for the SL.........



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: JimMueller on Dec 12, '09 12:18:04AM

We have 10.5.8 on our Macs and this worked immediately. Thank you!



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: DCJ001 on Dec 12, '09 06:27:12PM

But, when deleting NicePlayer, is it okay to use an app like AppCleaner to delete NicePlayer, which also deletes a support file and folder?

Or should just the app NicePlayer be trashed, leaving the support file and folder in place in order to facilitate the MKV QuickLook process?



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: ascanio on Dec 13, '09 10:38:00PM

Tried this in 10.6.2: you can remove both .plist and the Application support folder, still works perfectly.

A.



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: incogenator on Dec 12, '09 09:54:18PM

worked like a charm. thanks!



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: teo_acme on Dec 14, '09 12:05:44PM

Is there any way to add Quick Look support for OGG files?
Would be great, thanks!



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: dak180 on Dec 14, '09 06:29:03PM

Or you could download the PerianOpener app attached to one of Perian's trac tickets.

It is also worth noting that this was included into the project and may very well be in the next release.



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: jocamero on Dec 17, '09 03:52:25PM

Thanks, that works great.



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: vincentvw on Dec 14, '09 11:26:23PM

I've had MKV preview all along. I always assumed it came with installing Perian for Quicktime, which seems to give Quicklook the same powers of format support?



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More QL plugins
Authored by: seanmcgrath on Dec 15, '09 12:49:13PM

See http://qlplugins.com/ for many Quick Look plugins.



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: bnew on Feb 04, '10 02:46:11PM

Does anyone know of a way to undo this hint? I'm getting annoyed with Finder temporarily hanging while it tries to preview a .mkv file in Column view. This is especially annoying when the file is hosted on a network share.



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: jocamero on Feb 04, '10 10:56:02PM

I'm having the same issue. Anyone have a resolution to remove this hint?



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: bnew on Feb 16, '10 10:02:25PM
I found a process for undoing this hint. It's not for the faint of (Terminal) hearted, but it worked for me. Download NicePlayer again and place the app on the Desktop (just the NicePlayer.app, not the disk image). In Terminal:

cd /System/Library/Frameworks/CoreServices.framework/Versions/A/Frameworks/LaunchServices.framework/Versions/A/Support

./lsregister -u -r -f ~/Desktop/NicePlayer.app
Now delete NicePlayer from your Mac and empty the trash. It's important that you do this before resetting LaunchServices or Finder, otherwise they'll just pick it up again. Back in Terminal:

./lsregister -kill
That resets the LaunchServices process. To play it safe, I also relaunched QuickLook and Finder:

qlmanage -r

killall Finder
That process got rid of the QuickLook previews for MKV files for me. Hope this helps someone else out too.

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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: jocamero on Mar 03, '10 10:23:16PM

Thank you!!

This worked perfectly.



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Add Quick Look Support for MKV Files
Authored by: lsloan on Dec 02, '13 05:30:58AM

I just tried this with Mac OS X v10.8.5 and it worked well. Since this hint was posted a few years ago and NicePlayer's last update was a Lion preview from over two years ago, I didn't think it was going to work. I was pleasantly surprised. The Quick Look display for MKV files was very ugly, but at least it works.

I didn't try deleting NicePlayer, though, since it looks like it might be useful. Strangely, it always displays text subtitles if they are included in the movie, but VLC doesn't.

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Lance E Sloan


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