• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    disappointing ...

    • Written by from MARSEILLE

    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.

    202 of 230 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

  • 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!

    327 of 367 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.

    229 of 250 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Fails to install on Win7

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    Apple has done it again. They promise simplicity but merely throw hurdle after hurdle in my way.
    After giving in and shelling out $20 for something that should be free, Quicktime still won't play HDV MPEG-2 encoded video in MOV containers. QT still tries to tell me that the codec is not installed.
    I need this capability because I work cross-platform editing between Final Cut and Premiere.
    Thanks to Apple's broken software sales strategy, I'm forced to go back to converting every single MOV into a more usable, but less editor friendly format. Thank you, Apple, for increasing my aspirin budget and making me late for deadlines.

    192 of 208 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    All of my mpeg-2 files are now silent movies

    • Written by from Fulham

    I have only recently converted to apple for both PC and iPhone, so I have been given the big sales pitch about effortless software and compatibility. So, this is my first software download, again very easy to pay for and download.

    The problem is that is DOESNT WORK! The conversion of mpeg-2 to mpeg-4 involves the loss of sound. So I have 10s of GB of family video from a sony camcorder that I now have to see as silent movies.

    Now I am completely up the creak, cant do any of those fantastic things I have been told about imovie, BECAUSE WE DONT LIVE IN A SILENT WORLD.

    Very disappointing, SORT IT OUT APPLE.

    164 of 174 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT PURCHASE NOT WORTH IT

    • Written by from Richmond

    I agree and should have paid more attention to the prior reviews. This program isn't worth it, buy Quick Time Pro instead for $10 more and it works much better.

    127 of 139 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Works on PC, Won't Work on Apple TV

    • Written by from Oakville

    This add-on works great for playing mpg videos in QuickTime on my PC. The mpg file even syncs automatically to my Apple TV, but the file won't play on Apple TV. I get a warning that the file type is unsupported.

    110 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    DO NOT BUY - doesn't support most MPEG-2 files

    • Written by from Redmond

    This component does not allow playback or decoding muxed MPEG-2 files. If you have an MPEG-2 video with sound in a single file, do not purchase this - it won't work. The video will play without sound.

    Find and read KB article HT1372 before shelling out $20.

    118 of 126 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 691 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

    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.

    490 of 531 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.

    529 of 579 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.

    390 of 449 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.

    555 of 673 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

    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.

    553 of 685 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?

    569 of 674 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    MPEG 2

    • Written by from Virginia Beach

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

    2576 of 2997 people found this useful