QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac OS X

QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac OS X

Product Information

  • Note:

    On OS X Lion and later, MPEG-2 playback functionality is built into QuickTime X. The QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component is not required and cannot be installed.

    Frequently Asked Questions about this product:

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

    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

    • Mac OS X v10.4.10 through Mac OS X v10.6.8. Not for use on OS X v10.7 or later.
    • PowerPC G4 (500MHz or faster) or Intel processor
    • At least 256MB of RAM
    • QuickTime 7.6 or later (Pro not required)

Ratings & Reviews

Rating Breakdown (2.5 average)
Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
  • Should have been easier on a mac!

    3.0 out of 5 stars

    Last night I spent hours trying to figure out how I can view and listen to my videos made on my Sony handycam. I finally came to Last night I spent hours trying to figure out how I can view and listen to my videos made on my Sony handycam. I finally came to the conclusion that I would need to purchase the codec-2 add-on for quicktime. It kind of sucks spending all this money for a computer and video camera and then having to buy something else.

    So to make a long story short, after you buy this add-on you will have to download Mpeg streamclip in order to hear the audio. Now that I have everything bought and downloaded, it all works fine.

    It would have been nice if mac would have supported the mpeg-2 format without all the trouble. It would also be nice if Sony would cater to other operating systems besides windows. Under no circumstances do I want to have to return to windows, I love my mac.

    • Written by from Gahanna

    3379 of 3751 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Should have been easier on a mac!
  • No Audio

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    The video worked great from after buying this codec but then there's no sound, very dissapointing.

    • Written by from Grande Prairie

    1853 of 2330 people found this useful

    Was this useful? No Audio
  • no audio!

    1.0 out of 5 stars

    No sound, when imported the video. So it's useless for me. And quite expensive. I'm Disappointed.

    • Written by from Köln

    1765 of 2212 people found this useful

    Was this useful? no audio!
  • Solution for Audio issues

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    Hi.

    I've used the quicktime MPEG-2 plugin for many years. I see many complaints of people getting videos without the audio wor Hi.

    I've used the quicktime MPEG-2 plugin for many years. I see many complaints of people getting videos without the audio working, and I have certainly had several videos which had this problem (including videos that I had purchased). In my case, I found that I could fix this when running Quicktime Player 7 by selecting the "Show Movie Properties" menu item under the "Window" menu. "Show Movie Properties" will show multiple tracks in the movie, and I'd select the one which said "Audio Track" or "Sound Track" or something like that. With that selected, there's then a sub-tab for "Audio Settings". I found that on videos where the audio wasn't working, the Volume in that sub-panel was set to -infinity DB. So, I'd just move the slider to the center (0 db).

    I think most of those videos would also work fine if I played them in an application like VLC, instead of using Apple's quicktime players.

    • Written by from Troy

    1 of 1 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Solution for Audio issues
  • Still need iMovie and iPhoto support for MPEG2

    4.0 out of 5 stars

    Isn't it nice that Apple has produced the fabulous Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks? Unfortunately, if you like to import your MPEG 2 movi Isn't it nice that Apple has produced the fabulous Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks? Unfortunately, if you like to import your MPEG 2 movies from your Sony handycam into iPhoto, you will be out of luck. Fortunately, I had an older MacBook with Mac OS X 10.5.8 installed (never upgraded) so, I was able to use the MPEG Streamclip app + the QT MPEG-2 playback component to convert my mpeg2 videos to quick time files before importing to iPhoto and iMovie. My son uses iMovie a LOT for school projects. He was glad that I figured out the work around no thanks to Apple or Sony. Apple needs to wake up and realize that in the real world we all have older systems and formats especially with family videos that we would like to view today. Don't make it so hard!! Mpeg-2 is not that old!!! At least it's not Super-8. Oh, I forgot.... the world did not exist before Apple. 4 stars because it did work once I spent hours figuring out how to configure the whole mess.

    • Written by from Houston

    2 of 3 people found this useful

    Was this useful? Still need iMovie and iPhoto support for MPEG2
  • It matters where it goes....

    5.0 out of 5 stars

    In OS 10.7.x and OS 10.8.x, you need it to use specific apps like MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 software. The folks over there ha In OS 10.7.x and OS 10.8.x, you need it to use specific apps like MPEG Streamclip from Squared 5 software. The folks over there have thoughtfully included a script in the latest Beta version. This script parks the Component exactly where it should go, and it seems also to repair/update any dependencies that are necessary. May I suggest that for all of youse who are having problems: download that app version (you don't even have to install it). Then uninstall the Component from its present location, and let the Squared 5 script install it properly.

    I also suggest saving the Component and the above mentioned script somewhere off your HDD, so that if your HDD implodes, you can re-install it without paying for it again.

    • Written by from Beauport (Québec)

    5 of 6 people found this useful

    Was this useful? It matters where it goes....