• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Gets the job done

    Well, I expected more from a mac when I converted from PC but I still love my mac. I don't think I should have had to pay money to be able to see my Sony Handycam files with sound and be able to use them in iMovie, but hey, everyone's gotta make a buck right? I have no clue how to use iMovie yet, but the fact that I can finally open my Sony Handycam videos into iMovie gives me hope that I can clear up the 40G+ of videos I have accumulated by burning them onto a DVD. Should have given it 5 stars just because of how happy I am to finally be able to do that, but since I am NO media technology expert I cant judge all the functionality of the program, but the export to MP-4 gets the job done! :)

    96 of 104 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    This is a review and an explanation

    I like MPEG 2. It is very good for video. But, as most of you know, it does not contain audio. If you want audio, you need an AC3 audio file for playback.

    When you make an MPEG 2 video and an AC3 audio file, they come in harmony when you play them TOGETHER. Notice that. TOGETHER.

    So, if you buy this, don't hate on Apple JUST because the codec does not have audio, it was originally made without audio to save file size. Some of us want video AND audio in one file. For that, you will need the MPEG 4 codec.

    96 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    What's the point?

    "...does not support audio playback for MPEG-2 files containing PCM, DTS, or AC3 audio."

    Well that's just grand! Those are the most common audio file types found in MPEG-2 files!

    And for $20.00 bucks!!!!!???? No thanks.

    91 of 95 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Money down the drain....

    As many others, should have read reviews beforehand - indeed no sound.... There are free solutions out there that do better - quite frankly, find it a shame that Apple still puts this up for sale... Not what I thought this brand represented - another dream that's gone..!

    90 of 96 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Works fine

    Download MPEG Streamclip for audio.

    93 of 102 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    A Pretty Handy item.

    I just got an HDD (hard disk drive) camcorder for Christmas and love it. I got the MPEG2
    playback for quicktime. I was recently at the apple store and one of the geniuses there told me to google streamclip. it is a free download and if you get this app, download this with it. You can export your video into any file type so that you can import it into iMovie or maybe Final Cut Express. And if you download streamclip with it, it has audio so don't listen to all the other reviews that say NO AUDIO. I think it is a little overpriced but it is a must have.

    100 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Sound

    The video works, but there is no sound. Expensive.

    94 of 105 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works with MPEG streamclip

    Trying to run view and import mpg files from my Sony Camcorder on my Mac Mini with Lion installed. As many have said before had no problem viewing this on my windows PC. Decided to move to Mac recently and it is disappointing that we need to shell out this money to play such a widespread format. Based on other comments on this page, installed the MPEG stream clip application first (version 1.9.3b7). Then downloaded the QT component. Interestingly enough, after I downloaded, the component did not install, with Mac saying this was for the wrong version of OS. Don't know why I was allowed to buy and download with the wrong version of OS. But I could install it using the "Utlility MPEG2 Component Lion" that came with MPEG Streamclip. At least some people seem to know what they are doing. Anyway, I am playing my mpg file with the Streamclip player with proper sound.

    94 of 106 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Works well with MPEG Streamclip

    I expected use of QT MPEG-2 to be a bit simpler.
    For novices like me who have a Sony HDD recorder and still running OS 10.3:
    Install both MPEG Streamclip (free) and QT MPEG-2 (be sure you've already installed QT Player 6 or 7, also free). Play imported MPG's through Streamclip. Although you play through Streamclip (necessary for audio, AC3), MPEG-2 Playback is necessary for the video. From here, you can convert files to several other formats.

    97 of 112 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Bad choice

    Please don't make the same mistake I did. Didn't bother to read the reviews. Lost $21 bucks, non-refundable.

    This component doesn't play audio on files imported from Sony Handycams. It also doesn't allow aperture 3 to play the files.

    Simply a bad choice.

    90 of 99 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Dissapointed. I paid for unusefull Component

    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

    Just what is the purpose of this (other than to take my money!) ?

    People, you don't need it. DON'T BUY THIS. Especially if you're dealing with Final Cut Express, or iDVD. iDVD for a start, cannot use MPEG2 files so don't buy it like i did, to try and get a good quality video.
    I really can't cope with how Apple enable you to do so many things, BUT ONLY if you buy several smaller components , and end up having to download various things off the web anyway. I'm fed up and wish i hadn't fallen into THIS TRAP! Give me back my £15 !!! Boooo!

    88 of 96 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Cured my problem

    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

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Plays Hauppauge WinTV 150 .mpg files

    Plays my .mpg files, resizes, even plays in full screen and at different speeds. Just doesn't adjust pitch during accelerated playback. Does live scrolling for easy seek. Doesn't zoom during the change of window size, but plays my muxed MPEG-2 .mpg files from my Hauppauge WinTV 150 .mpg files.

    Didn't get the fifth star because it does support all the neat stuff in Quicktime like zoom and pitch adjustment.

    102 of 126 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Apple going down the hill.

    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

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Sound - $20 Wasted

    No sound during playback. This extension appears to be hit or miss on whether it will work.

    92 of 108 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't Buy

    As described in several other frustrating comments, this product will not provide audio for several types of videos taken with mainstream camcorders, like the Sony. After purchasing this product and immediately discovering that I could view, but not hear, my video clips, I called Apple and worked through the issue with an excellent service rep. In the end, Apple suggested that I access and download a free VLC player (open source), which is available through many online websites. I only wish that Apple would publish this very, helpful information on its website.

    83 of 90 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Unacceptable from Apple

    While Apple discloses in the FAQ that there are limitations of this component playing certain audio formats. This is still unacceptable quality from a company that proud itself in being customer focused and quality driven.

    Overall, you can get the product to work. However, you will need TWO products. First, buy this product (mostly, the audio will not play). Second, download the free MPEG Streamclip and use it to play the clips. It should work!

    Apple: Please upgrade the QT MPEG-2 component to play the audio at no cost (similar to VLC).

    One a side note, if you are trying to use Picasa 3.8, and getting an error message or Picasa will simply not index your mpg files. The solution is to install this component (Picasa will then index your files), then use the 'Open With' to play the desired file using MPEG Streamclip.

    Happy viewing! Apple, not what I expected from a company of your stature!

    75 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Did not playback my Mpeg 2's!!

    I have .MOD files from a JVC camera. MOD files are Mpeg 2 with a different extention name. I tried opening them and got an error saying i needed to buy this add-on. I have Quicktime Pro and now the Mpeg 2 plugin and it STILL WONT PLAY! I had to go search the web and found a basic freeware player that will play them back and convert to DV no problem.

    What a money grab.

    106 of 139 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    It's a Hassle, But It Works

    I had been trying to import footage from a Sony MiniDVD Handicam (#405) into my Macbook, but found that it was incompatible. After calling Sony multiple times, they finally told me to download this product. It definitely works. This, combined with the MPEG Streamclip 1.8, allows you to import video and audio from your Sony camera and change it to a Quicktime .mov format, which you can then easily import into Final Cut, iMovie, etc. I agree with the other users who say that all this hassle is ridiculous, but spending $20 on this product sure beats paying $80+ for an external DVD drive (don't listen to Radio Shack!). Maybe someday everything will be universally compatible.....

    90 of 107 people found this useful