QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Windows

QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Windows

Product Information

  • The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component provides QuickTime users with the ability to import and play back MPEG-2 content, including both multiplexed (also known as muxed, where the audio and video tracks are interleaved together into one track) and non-multiplexed (also known as elementary) streams.

    Frequently Asked Questions about this product:

    Do I need QuickTime 7 Pro for the MPEG-2 Playback Component to work?

    No, QuickTime 7 Pro is not necessary for playback of MPEG-2 content with the MPEG-2 Playback Component. You need only QuickTime Player and the MPEG-2 Playback Component to view MPEG-2 content.

    Can I create MPEG-2 content with the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component?

    No, the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component does not contain an MPEG-2 encoder; therefore, encoding or creating MPEG-2 content is not supported. The component is only a decoder, enabling playback of MPEG-2 content.

    What types of streams can be played back with the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component?

    The MPEG-2 Playback Component can play back both elementary audio and video streams, as well as multiplexed program streams.

    What file types can be played back with the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component?

    There are a number of MPEG-2 file types that the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component can play back, including .mpg, .mpeg, .vob, .vro, .m2v, .m2a, and .m2s files.

    Can the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component play back DVDs?

    The MPEG-2 Playback Component can play back MPEG-2 files on non-encrypted DVDs. Professionally produced, commercial DVDs (such as Hollywood movies) are usually encrypted with special anti-piracy software, called Content Scramble System (CSS). In order to view these DVDs, decryption software is required and is included in DVD players. But decryption software is not included in QuickTime or the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component.

    Can transport streams be played?

    The MPEG-2 specification defines two forms of data streams, program streams and transport streams. While the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component will play program streams, playback of transport streams is not supported.

    Can the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component play back AC3 audio?

    No, MPEG-2 files containing AC3 audio cannot be played back with the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component.

    What audio formats does the QuickTime MPEG-2 playback component support?

    The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component supports the playback of MPEG-2 files (.mpg, .mpeg, .vob, .vro, .m2v, .m2a, and .m2s) that contain MPEG audio layers I or II. The MPEG-2 Playback Component does not support audio playback for MPEG-2 files containing PCM, DTS, or AC3 audio.

  • System Requirements

    • Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows Vista or Windows 7
    • A Pentium III processor-based PC 1GHz or faster, with a hardware-accelerated video card
    • At least 128MB of RAM
    • QuickTime 7.6 or later (Pro not required)

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.0 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Megar MPEG 2

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple have really gone and done it this time with an out of this world experience to boot.

    Nice One Mac............

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    5693 of 6413 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Megar MPEG 2
  • Converter is not good for Sony MPEG-2

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    MPEG-2 files created with Sony digital camera export only the video. The muxed sound track is dropped in conversion, contrary to a MPEG-2 files created with Sony digital camera export only the video. The muxed sound track is dropped in conversion, contrary to advertising on this site. Apple support claims that there are many MPEG-2 formats. Apparently Sony's is not compliant. (Or could it be that Apple's isn't?) I do not recommend this converter. Find something else to convert your MPEG-2 files.

    • Written by from Hagerstown

    2748 of 3135 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Converter is not good for Sony MPEG-2
  • MPEG 2

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Good program and very useful. I give it a A+

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

    2578 of 3002 people found this useful

    Was this useful? MPEG 2
  • disappointing ...

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I have to play a bunch of HDV (which is a set of MPEG-2 specifications) files for a movie project.

    Before this plugin they woul I have to play a bunch of HDV (which is a set of MPEG-2 specifications) files for a movie project.

    Before this plugin they wouldn't play ...
    After installing the plugin they still not play ... and 20 bucks gone for nothing.

    That's very disappointing for an Apple product, the quality expectations are not met.

    • Written by from MARSEILLE

    204 of 232 people found this useful

    Was this useful? disappointing ...
  • Read the description

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Many people are complaining that this does not export their movies, well of course not, it is a decoder not an encoder, this means Many people are complaining that this does not export their movies, well of course not, it is a decoder not an encoder, this means it can play the format, not convert from or to it. As far as playing the format it does fall slightly short. Sadly there are many versions and data types of MPEG-2 and none of them store the data the same. This is an add on to help quicktime read the data and play it, but it does not support every and all verision of mpeg-2's. There are many other options out there that both encode and decode these files better, they just do not integrate with quicktime as well.
    So please before you buy this understand what it is you are buying. If you want to convert your files then buy QuickTime pro, if you want to just watch your files, buy this, though check the support mpeg-2 file versions first.

    • Written by from Vienna

    362 of 402 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Read the description
  • WONT FIX -2048 on my PC

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    I should have heeded the reviews. I'm a film composer and sometimes get quicktime files that wont open. I get the message Error-20 I should have heeded the reviews. I'm a film composer and sometimes get quicktime files that wont open. I get the message Error-2048 when trying to open quick times.
    It doesn't. I just wasted my money. Thanks Apple!

    • Written by from Glendale

    330 of 370 people found this useful

    Was this useful? WONT FIX -2048 on my PC