QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Windows

  • Overview

    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

    Windows XP (Service Pack 2 or later), Windows Vista or Windows 7

    A Pentium III processor-based PC 1GHz or faster, with a hardware-accelerated video card

    At least 128MB 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

      Works well, if original mpeg file is truly MPEG compliant including sound

      I bought this codec, when i switched from PC to Mac and my originally encoded family videos wouldn't play within Quicktime. Initially disappointed because I had I bought this codec, when i switched from PC to Mac and my originally encoded family videos wouldn't play within Quicktime. Initially disappointed because I had no sound. The MPEG movies need to be true MPEG, including the sound track not AC3. I was also disappointed because video which looked fine on the PC had horrible interlacing problems when viewed in Quicktime. So after many attempts at re-encoding the original movies on the PC with non-interlacing selected, I eventually perfected the format required to play correctly on the Mac. So essentially, no fault with the Codec itself, £15 is just about acceptable I suppose.

      • Written by gary d from Bicester

      48 of 57 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works well, if original mpeg file is truly MPEG compliant including sound

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      good

      yes

      • Written by SIMON P H from potters bar

      42 of 103 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?good

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Rubbish - no audio

      No sound, a waste of £15. The lack of sound is mentioned on the US site, together with how to solve it but I'm going to ask for my money back. Zero stars bu No sound, a waste of £15. The lack of sound is mentioned on the US site, together with how to solve it but I'm going to ask for my money back. Zero stars but I'm being forced to give one!

      • Written by Rebecca D from London

      98 of 111 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Rubbish - no audio

    • 5.0 out of 5 stars

      Works well, if original mpeg file is truly MPEG compliant including sound

      I bought this codec, when i switched from PC to Mac and my originally encoded family videos wouldn't play within Quicktime. Initially disappointed because I had I bought this codec, when i switched from PC to Mac and my originally encoded family videos wouldn't play within Quicktime. Initially disappointed because I had no sound. The MPEG movies need to be true MPEG, including the sound track not AC3. I was also disappointed because video which looked fine on the PC had horrible interlacing problems when viewed in Quicktime. So after many attempts at re-encoding the original movies on the PC with non-interlacing selected, I eventually perfected the format required to play correctly on the Mac. So essentially, no fault with the Codec itself, £15 is just about acceptable I suppose.

      • Written by gary d from Bicester

      48 of 57 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Works well, if original mpeg file is truly MPEG compliant including sound

    • 1.0 out of 5 stars

      Rubbish - no audio

      No sound, a waste of £15. The lack of sound is mentioned on the US site, together with how to solve it but I'm going to ask for my money back. Zero stars bu No sound, a waste of £15. The lack of sound is mentioned on the US site, together with how to solve it but I'm going to ask for my money back. Zero stars but I'm being forced to give one!

      • Written by Rebecca D from London

      98 of 111 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?Rubbish - no audio

    • 3.0 out of 5 stars

      good

      yes

      • Written by SIMON P H from potters bar

      42 of 103 people found this useful

      Is this review useful?good

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