• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Megar MPEG 2

    • Written by

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

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

    5694 of 6414 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Converter is not good for Sony MPEG-2

    • Written by from Hagerstown

    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.

    2748 of 3135 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MPEG 2

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

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

    2578 of 3002 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Read the system requirements

    • Written by from Boulder

    This product has nothing to do with importing sony video onto a mac

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

    Did you notice the Windows part of that? This is a plug in for handling quicktime streaming in formats both Macs and PC's can use. It has nothing to do with trying to transfer video into an editor. As the FAQ states:

    "The component is only a decoder, enabling playback of MPEG-2 content."

    651 of 692 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It allows playback of MPEG 2 files downloaded from a ReplayTV

    • Written by from DURHAM

    It allows playback of MPEG 2 files downloaded from
    a ReplayTV using DVArchive software.

    595 of 677 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MPEG 2 does not work!

    • Written by from Topeka

    It does not work with my Sony Handicam files. It does not work with my TV card files. It does not work with files that create DVD's fine in other software. I wish I had seen these reviews before I bought the MPEG 2 playback for windows. I would have saved my money. I hope I can figure out how to get a refund.

    531 of 581 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    A Poor Apple Experience

    • Written by from Toronto

    I am very disappointed in Apple. This MPEG-2 Playback component performs poorly. I wanted to convert MPEG-2 files created from my Hauppauge TV tuner into MPEG-4, but QuickTime won't recognize the audio track in the MPEG-2 file (it says there isn't one)!

    QuickTime won't even play the MPEG-2 properly. There are all kinds of visual artifacts, as well as a bit of choppiness. The SAME video file plays perfectly in Windows Media Player. Why??? Are Apple's software developers really this incompetent?

    570 of 675 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Disfunctional add on

    • Written by from Ringe

    Apple does it again.

    I bought Final Cut Express because I thought that I was going to make some good editing in no time... problem was that my macbook did not have the "ability" to read my video files, shot with a Sony DCR-SR52. I had to import the video from Imovie, then import those files into Final Cut Express with a wrong Aspect Ratio and then edit it. Now when I saw this Add On I thought why dont I try to buy this and the .mpg files should , like apple says be readable by Quick Time. But nope. and now that I have payed 1650,-(Final Cut Express + Add On) danish kroner im starting to get rather mad, because nothing of what I have bought is working... What a great compatability Apple... was that not what you recently was so proud of when you talked about your new macbooks?

    If you have a Sony camcorder, do not buy this Add On unless you are absolutly sure that it is a model that is compatible.

    492 of 533 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    good product

    • Written by from Palm Desert

    this is a good product and fixed the problem I was having with MPEG 2 format videos. On the other hand I give it three stars for being $19.99 apple/QuickTime should include this format when you upgrade to QuickTime Pro.

    556 of 674 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sony HDD Handycam - no sound in Apple

    • Written by from READING

    What is wrong with Apple? They sell QuickTime to read mpg and at the end of the day it does not capture a good image and there is no sound from the Sony Handycam camera. Is this correct?

    511 of 590 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I've been ripped off.

    • Written by from Orem

    Doesn't play the video from files from many source. Even the ones it does play correctly will not export the audio via quicktime pro. Even though audio plays during playback, export says there is no audio to export. I bought the pair of product hoping to get a better experience transcoding from mpeg2 than with OpenSource options, but it's completely useless for that.

    554 of 686 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not fully Mpeg2 compliant

    • Written by from wilton manors

    This component will not playback all mpeg2 video files. Fails miserably, it hangs after opening the mpeg2 file, will not play audio or video, and time shown is incorrect. All other mpeg2 players will play except apple's. I want my 19.99 back for a non functional addon. No it isn't my configuration either or me or my computer, I am using qt pro 7.

    504 of 586 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Hauppauge TV Tuner

    • Written by from Belle Mead

    Unfortuneatly the Hauppauge TV Tuners save video files in a .mpg format. While searching for a program to put the files onto my iPod Touch I figured going with an Apple product would work the best. However, it was not the case. Once purchasing the upgrade from QuickTime 7 to QuickTime 7 Pro ($29.99), I had to purchase the MPEG-2 Playback Component ($19.99) to properly view the video files I recorded. The video played with lines through the player and no sound was heard. I am still searching for a product which will do the trick.

    425 of 458 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Not compatible with Sony Handycam

    • Written by from Ottawa

    The video quality is medicore at best, and the audio will not play with video files created using a sony handycam. I'd suggest purchasing a file converter over this product.

    464 of 553 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    It will direct you to a plug in you have to install

    • Written by from BAMMEL

    Trying to play a movie in .avi. I have the pro version and tells me that I have to go and get a plug in before I can play the movie in Quicktime. Plays great in WMP. It does direct you to the plug in that you have to install.

    442 of 526 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Problems with MPEG-2 Playback-Windows

    • Written by from Montgomery

    This product does not work properly on my PC. I've posted the error message I receive when trying to play a DVD on the Discussion Forum and it remains unresolved for two weeks now along with a lot of other questions/issues with this product! There is no online support for this product from Apple. You can't even find a way to return it for credit! My recommendation is not to use QT7 as your default media player and go to something else.

    391 of 450 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Read the description

    • Written by from Vienna

    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.

    362 of 402 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Thanks Apple

    • Written by

    I'm delighted Apple are honest & publish the bad reviews with the good -- clearly there are problems with some mpegs, and clearly it is also useful with others (and i can vouch that there are as many mpeg variants as there are programmers who wish to reinvent the wheel everytime they release a new product -- I wish they would research the original standard and leave it be!).

    Full marks to Apple for integrity - we can't expect perfection but at least we have this. Why can't we download a trial?

    429 of 543 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    WONT FIX -2048 on my PC

    • Written by from Glendale

    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!

    330 of 370 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Duh about Sound and Mpeg2

    • Written by from Gilbert

    They told you right here...

    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.

    231 of 252 people found this useful