QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac OS X

  • Overview

    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)

  • 3.0 Average
    3 out of 5 stars
    Number of stars Percentage Number of reviews
    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Great Product - but annoying gap in download instructions

      Works flawlessly - using to play back .rec files with MPEG Streamclip. But inadequate instructions, once you have paid, leave many customers intensely frustrate Works flawlessly - using to play back .rec files with MPEG Streamclip. But inadequate instructions, once you have paid, leave many customers intensely frustrated, and in the dark about where to find download. “The download button” it says – but where? No sign of such a button on the final page. Maybe on an email? No email arrives. Apple customer service say many people have complained (see also comments in other reviews) but they are seemingly helpless to do anything. Perhaps a clueless customer can help where salaried Apple staff seem powerless. Use the "your account" tab to login and download away. May seem absurdly obvious, but the tabs are generally so useless on this site and the structure so labyrinthine, that the “your account” concept can easily end up invisible here, unlike on, say, Amazon where its clearly signposted at every turn. Ho-hum. I love Apple but this site conspicuously has potential for improvement

      • Written by Simon H from MILTON KEYNES

      319 of 509 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Great Product - but annoying gap in download instructions

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      The MPEG2 Streaming Component is a "helper file" not an application!

      What the MPEG-2 Playback Component does is to enable 3rd Party apps like Squared5's excellent MPEG Streamclip to work with Quicktime apps on Mac OS where video What the MPEG-2 Playback Component does is to enable 3rd Party apps like Squared5's excellent MPEG Streamclip to work with Quicktime apps on Mac OS where video and audio file conversion is required. That's why it's referred to as a "helper file", for heaven's sake! For the record, I transcode and reversion video files for a living, and despite the fact that I have some very expensive Mac and Windows-based tools in my armoury, MPEG Streamclip is one of the most useful and reliable of them all. I really can't do without it. But to get the most out of it you really do need this Quicktime MPEG-2 Playback Component - so buy it now. Note also that although Lion (and, presumably, Mountain Lion) supposedly doesn't require the component, they actually do in order to make Streamclip to work properly. Again - read the notes on Squared5's web page! So, those who are knocking the component and saying that it doesn't do what it's supposed to do - just read the release notes will you? Jeez.....

      • Written by Colin R. B from MILTON KEYNES

      58 of 69 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?The MPEG2 Streaming Component is a "helper file" not an application!

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Simple and successful

      I discovered that imovie could not import a dvd from my camcorder. The help file suggested 3rd party software. I quickly found mpeg streamclip and easily downlo I discovered that imovie could not import a dvd from my camcorder. The help file suggested 3rd party software. I quickly found mpeg streamclip and easily downloaded it for free from the apple store. When I started it up it asked for the mpeg 2 playback plug in for quicktime and informed me I could purchase this from apple for about £15. I decided to do this and downloaded the plug in. It installed effortlessly and mpeg streamclip now produces great mp4 that I can edit in imovie. Total time 20mins - hardly a challenge!

      • Written by Joanna R from Huddersfield

      123 of 214 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Simple and successful

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      The MPEG2 Streaming Component is a "helper file" not an application!

      What the MPEG-2 Playback Component does is to enable 3rd Party apps like Squared5's excellent MPEG Streamclip to work with Quicktime apps on Mac OS where video What the MPEG-2 Playback Component does is to enable 3rd Party apps like Squared5's excellent MPEG Streamclip to work with Quicktime apps on Mac OS where video and audio file conversion is required. That's why it's referred to as a "helper file", for heaven's sake! For the record, I transcode and reversion video files for a living, and despite the fact that I have some very expensive Mac and Windows-based tools in my armoury, MPEG Streamclip is one of the most useful and reliable of them all. I really can't do without it. But to get the most out of it you really do need this Quicktime MPEG-2 Playback Component - so buy it now. Note also that although Lion (and, presumably, Mountain Lion) supposedly doesn't require the component, they actually do in order to make Streamclip to work properly. Again - read the notes on Squared5's web page! So, those who are knocking the component and saying that it doesn't do what it's supposed to do - just read the release notes will you? Jeez.....

      • Written by Colin R. B from MILTON KEYNES

      58 of 69 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?The MPEG2 Streaming Component is a "helper file" not an application!

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      No Audio

      Video will now play, but no audio. Video with audio plays fine using alternative player VLC media player (free). Looks like this Codec needs some more work, s Video will now play, but no audio. Video with audio plays fine using alternative player VLC media player (free). Looks like this Codec needs some more work, sadly in my case £15 wasted.

      • Written by Mark D from Stoke-on-Trent

      27 of 30 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?No Audio

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      rubbish

      having been told to download this by apple support I find it does not work with Lion!! waste of time and money

      • Written by Nigel H from Birmingham

      44 of 47 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?rubbish

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