• 1.0 out of 5 stars

    As about as useful as a pocket of sand in a desert

    • Written by from Groote Eylandt

    Paid for..... Downloaded.... didn't work...... And to be completely honest i can't be bothered chasing apple for the $25 back.. it would only be a further waste of time.

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solution for Audio issues

    • Written by from Troy


    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.

    4 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    quick time MPEG 2

    • Written by from Woodland Hills

    I have been a MAC owner since 1984 and its frustrating that you put walls up. Come on. I've spent an hour trying to pull off a video from a DVD that I need to edit.

    1 of 1 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Still need iMovie and iPhoto support for MPEG2

    • Written by from Houston

    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.

    6 of 8 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MPeg2 Playback Component

    • Written by from London

    I just bought MPeg2 Playback Component from Apple to use with MPeg Streamclip to enable me to import and convert .MTS film files - whilst these are no longer grayed out - I still can't import and convert them - why is this stupid software being sold by Apple? It is just bad publicity for them

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It matters where it goes....

    • Written by from Beauport (Québec)

    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.

    8 of 10 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Watch out, new computers!

    • Written by from Great Lakes

    Got Final Cut Pro HD, wanted to add DVD clips in to a project, so I downloaded MPEG Streamclip (via a FCPH video on YouTube's advice), and the program said I didn't have the MPEG-2 Codec installed. Bought this, then was told by the installer that my OS was too new for this particular codec to operate. Can't reinstall an older OS, Final Cut Pro required this immediate update. Running 10.8.4. Very frustrating, but I guess if I'd read the system requirements I'd realize my computer's too new to do what I want...


    8 of 9 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    another feature taken away

    • Written by from Haines City

    I've had the mpeg-2 component for years and now iTunes won't play older videos that require the component. QT will play them back, but when trying to use MPEG-streamclip to reformat the video so that it may again play in iTunes, I get the error message that the Mpeg-2 component isn't installed. I learned that it CANNOT be installed with my version of OSX. I now have videos that I cannot play in iTunes or re-code via other software.

    3 of 4 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work for 10.8+

    • Written by from Sydney

    don't waste.

    5 of 5 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesnt work with Mountain Lion

    • Written by from Sydney

    Please note this version can't be installed on iMac (21.5" late 2009) running Mountain Lion (OS 10.8.1) so I'm unable to find out if MPEG Steamclip is as wonderful as everyone says it is. Hopefully there will be an update/fix soon (10/9/2012)

    33 of 38 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    You want this for MPEG Streamclip

    • Written by from Seinäjoki

    OS X 10.7-8 do have MPEG2 support built-in, but MPEG Streamclip still needs the old plug-in.

    The plug-in's installer does not run in OS X 10.7-8 so for 10.7 MPEG Streamclip's latest versions have "Utility MPEG2 Component Lion" for the installation. But that doesn't at the moment work in OS X 10.8 so now you must use apps like "Pacifist" to install that plug-in to /System/Library/QuickTime/

    After installing "QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component" MPEG Streamclip is a great app to handle MPEG2 files as well as other video formats!

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

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

    • Written by from MILTON KEYNES

    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.....

    58 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Good

    • Written by from sydney

    This is my first mac, Up until now i have loved it, I'm not impressed i need this to start with for simple things that can be done on a PC, It annoyed me off even more that my OS X is to new for this to work. Please look at the specs of your system before you waste $30 like me.

    25 of 30 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    is rubbish

    • Written by from miami

    I bought it and it does not work with my Mac OS X vercion 10.7.3 I lost my money and time

    241 of 291 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Know your specs before you buy

    • Written by from AUSTIN

    The component works fine. It does EXACTLY what the information says it will do and nothing else. I see a lot of complaints about this product. Most of them folks who are not reading the requirements of the component and are unfamiliar with their own computer set up. Be an informed buyer, Apple does not guide your hand for everything.

    151 of 190 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from Staten island

    Program works fine

    i love my mac but still Mac computers should have come with this app, i payed good money, kinda dissapointed to know windows had this

    186 of 202 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointed. I paid for unusefull Component

    • Written by from México

    I wanted to edit material that was on DVDs, and tried various methods without success. MPEG Streamclip told me I needed this software, so came to this thread to get the scoop from others.

    It is for a previous versión = does not work for you (Spanish message: No se puede instalar QuickTimeMPEG2 en este disco. Este software ha sido diseñado para usarse con una versión anterior de Mac OS X.)

    I paid $20 USD and the policies don´t allow me ask my money back.

    92 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple going down the hill.

    • Written by from Rogers

    I purchased the new iMac with 8G Ram i5 in order to speed up my workflow, instead I am slowing down due to limitation to codecs such this! This is insane that they charge for some thing that should have been included in order to use the Computer. iMac crashes quite often than my PC. I have returned to my PC during this time to solve most of my problems were Mac just stops responding and constantly freezing.
    Apple, I dont know how much you are trying to control the world, but you will be loosing your consumers soon.
    So far you are NOT the BEST, and so your newly redesigned Final Cut Pro.

    94 of 111 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cured my problem

    • Written by from Niagara on the Lake

    I wanted to edit material that was on DVDs, and tried various methods without success. MPEG Streamclip told me I needed this software, so came to this thread to get the scoop from others. With all the negative comments I was not sure it was going to work for me, but using the MPEG Streamclip installer it worked like a charm, I am now doing my edits.

    I'm not amused that it cost me $30 ($20 in the US - why so much more in Canada when the $ is at parity?), especially given the price for the WHOLE of Lion, but at least I am able to do what I wanted in the first place.

    87 of 96 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    using MPEG files on a Mac

    • Written by from Kitchener

    It is totally unexpected and disappointing to have to figure out how to view standard video formats, namely MPEG files on a Mac. I should simply be able to import mpeg videos from my camera without having to worry, or wonder what's the technical stuff about formats, and certainly I should not have to buy anything. Macs are supposed to focus on a simplified user experience and this is too technical for me. Is the file from my Sony Handycam MPEG-2, or 4 or what? Isn't MPEG a video standard, i.e. something compatible between all vendors who follow the standard? How should I know, and why should I care about this? I hope this is going to change. For now I am stuck... Thanks for helping with a free and simple solution...

    127 of 133 people found this useful