• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Real Solution

    • Written by from Chicago

    You need to use a separate program to get the sound to work. After you get the MPEG-2 Playback Component you need to download a program called MPEG Streamclip (available from Apple for free).

    Open your videos in there. Go to File -> Export To Quicktime. Problem solved.

    383 of 412 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finaly a solution, but should be easier on Macs.

    • Written by from North Aurora

    I have a new JVC camcorder which creates those lovely .MOD files. I used to use Pinnacle Studio to edit stuff on the PC and it worked fine if I just changed the file name. But for the Mac it wasn't that easy (PC died and I switched to Mac). After downloading at least 5 Mac applications to try and do the conversion, I put out the 20 bucks and also downloaded Streamclip. So much easier for me! Audio worked fine. Video was shot in 16:9 and it kept the format. Most other conversion applications only had 4:3 output. While iMovie is not as good as Studio (IMO) this now at least let's me edit some quick family video and burn to DVD.

    261 of 290 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Easy to Use

    • Written by from Richmond

    I downloaded MPEG Streamclip first and tried to convert and Streamclip pointed me directly to this MPEG-2 Playback Component Site. I bought it, downloaded it, restarted my computer and it worked beautifully. Just need to download and install and the rest takes care of itself. No problems with audio at all. Operating Snow Leopard and using MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3.b2.

    201 of 217 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Know Your Formats!

    • Written by from Denver

    I usually don't do this, but the "no audio" reviews are kind of annoying. MPEG-2 files don't contain audio. It doesn't matter what software you use. Whenever you build a movie for a DVD in Compressor or whatever else you may be using, it makes two files, an MPEG-2 file and an AC3 file: MPEG-2 is video and AC3 is audio. When you burn the DVD, it correlates the files together for playback on a DVD player. So, not having audio has nothing to do with this codec. It's just how it is...

    192 of 213 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to the negative reviews

    • Written by from Buford

    This software works EXACTLY as advertised.

    This software is a VIDEO decoder.

    This has NOTHING to do with audio. When you by this component you are granted the right to use the license required to view MPEG-2 files.

    Many have written that this software is a waste of money. They think this out of pure ignorance.

    Combine this component with MPEG Streamclip (freeware) and you can rip DVDs to your heart's content.

    166 of 185 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Pretty Handy item.

    • Written by from Collierville

    I just got an HDD (hard disk drive) camcorder for Christmas and love it. I got the MPEG2
    playback for quicktime. I was recently at the apple store and one of the geniuses there told me to google streamclip. it is a free download and if you get this app, download this with it. You can export your video into any file type so that you can import it into iMovie or maybe Final Cut Express. And if you download streamclip with it, it has audio so don't listen to all the other reviews that say NO AUDIO. I think it is a little overpriced but it is a must have.

    100 of 116 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the Price, And does what is promised

    • Written by from Oklahoma City

    The Quicktime MPeg-2 add-on is essential for editing or playing muxed DVD streams or demuxed (elementary) streams on a mac using Quicktime Player 7, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and MpegStreamclip. It does NOT handle ac3 audio,
    for that you would need either Perian or the AC2 Codec ( google either to find).

    But if your elementary streams contain PCM or MP3 audio, it will handle
    those files no problem.

    This is my first recommendation when it comes to editing DVDs you made on the mac,
    but don't have access to the original footage. You need to pull a clip off
    that dvd you made for Grandma to send to Uncle Joe, you'll need this.

    85 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Other reviews are bad

    • Written by from Wilmington

    Other reviewers are poorly informed. The MPEG-2 component is necessary not because of Apple, but because the MPEG group required Apple to license it in years past. Since they had to pay this cost is rolled along to you. MPEG is also not technically designed to be edited so if you're bringing MPEG to into Final Cut you're doing it wrong to begin with. About the Lion comments, the functionality is built into Lion so you no longer need this product, Apple no longer charges you for MPEG functionality, I don't know why people are dinging them for it. If you need to install QuickTime 7 on Lion and need the Component, you can use the installed from Squared5 to install this.

    89 of 107 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Read Description BEFORE You Buy

    • Written by from WATERFORD

    I have had this for a long time and is essential when you start authoring DVDs and MP2 content. To those complaining about it "not playing audio". First read the product description. It tells you plainly it will not read certain audio muxed in the mpg. 2nd if you are complaining you probably know nothing about mpg encoding. This product does exactly what it says.

    92 of 113 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from New Orleans

    So I researched my problem, installed this $20 fix and it worked perfectly. You need to read what it will play closely before you purchase. I wish this was a part of the Apple package, but it is what it is and I'm happy I can now watch my movies.

    79 of 92 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    • Written by from Aldan

    I purchased a Sony HD camcorder for my husband last year, but it was impossible for him to import videos into iMovie or anything else on his PowerBook. Now that he has this, he's able to convert the MPEG-2 format videos from the camcorder into iMovie 6 .mov files and share them with far-flung family.

    70 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine - Both Audio & Video

    • Written by from Denver

    Install is easy and I can now view the MOD files from my video camera simply by changing the extension to .mpg. I can hear and see video fine. Installed on a MacBook Pro w/latest OS X.

    83 of 104 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Complaints

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    When used with mpeg streamclip I was able to view and edit (in iMovie HD) all of my video I had taken with my Sony Handycam DVD505. The two (this product and mpeg streamclip) worked absolutely fine, and had no detrimental effects on the quality and ease of access/modification of my clips when used in conjunction.

    81 of 110 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    sound is not an issue after second try

    • Written by

    I have a JVC and work on MOD files. Mpeg-2 playback and streamclip saved my day. This component allows you to view file in streamclip. Then, you export the file to quicktime or which ever you like. Regarding to the sound issue, make sure you select mpeg-4 AAC and not uncompressed by default. I was able to get sound for the second try. Play around with it, everything works for me now!

    56 of 61 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Fine!

    • Written by from Gardnerville

    Just purchased in order to work with MPEG Streamclip and my Sony Handycam video files. I agree we shouldn't have to purchase additional software just to make it work but at least it did work!

    63 of 77 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Gret for me!

    • Written by from Calgary

    Does exactly what it says it does. Pretty cheap and a whole lot faster than some of the open source stuff I tried. Good work.

    61 of 74 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A must item to use iMovie!

    • Written by from Reseda

    I have a Hard Disc Drive camcorder(Panasonic SDR-H18). The combination of this product and MPEG Streamclip is necessary for me to open any filmed footage with iMovie. The moment I installed this product, everything worked!
    However, I had a hard time finding where I could download the file after my purchase. I recommend Apple that the confirmation e-mail should tell the buyer exactly where to go to download it.

    64 of 81 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I needed

    • Written by from Cave Springs

    for Mac OS X users (not lion): I needed .mpg files to work. It did as soon as I installed this component. Totally satisfied.

    48 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    • Written by from Washington

    If you have MPEG Streamclip, you NEED this. I just downloaded it and it works perfectly.

    57 of 72 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MAC OSX Audio and Video works converting Client's Windows MPG

    • Written by from Thousand Oaks

    Scared to try this after reading all the negative reviews but it worked fine for me. I was unable to open on my MAC (OSX 10.3.9) using Quicktime 7.1.3 (not Pro version) a Client's MPG file that had been formatted in Windows. The MPEG-2 Playback worked fine playing both Audio & Video. Five thumbs up!

    48 of 55 people found this useful