• 4.0 out of 5 stars

    works well, easy to use

    i like this product, it's very easy to use for importing from dvd to fcp.

    but my snow leopard install just gooned it (among other things)

    76 of 87 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    NO AUDIO !!!!

    How can this be sold in this state? Come on Apple, you can do better than that! VLC play the same clip with the audio. MPEG Streamclip can export the audio. For $30 bucks you should be able to do it both.

    70 of 76 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't Work With Quicktime 7.4

    I have a sony handycam so i bought this to open my mpeg-2 video files.

    If you look in

    the QuickTimeMPEG2.component file is dated Jan 2, 2006 where all the other files are dated 2007.

    Outdated junk. I got burned. Waste of money.

    First and last Apple Store purchase!!!

    97 of 130 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    ironically, works well, but not in Quicktime

    I purchased this product to allow me to convert my own homemade DVDs (made from dubbing analog tapes to my DVD/HDD recorder) to other formats (DV, MOV, MPEG-4) for importing and editing into iMovie. For this purpose, the codec enhances the functionality of the freeware MPEG Streamclip. However, within Quicktime itself, audio support is less than desirable, and it took a close reading of some of the fineprint of the product's description for me to realize why I wasn't getting sound even though the video of VOB files play fine. If you want to get this item just to play DVDs in Quicktime, don't bother. The DVD Player that ships with OS X does it a lot better, and I think there are other freeware players too that work fine. But this seems to be an essential investment for anyone wanting to do conversions in something like MPEG Streamclip, and for that reason I think it was worth the money.

    80 of 96 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Expect no sound - Need additional plug-in

    I've been trying to get my Sony DCR-SR40 to work with iMovie and what I didn't know is that iMovie doesn't recognize MPEG2. This download does not work as effortlessly as advertised. You can play MPEG2 but there is no sound. You'll need to get the free download "MPEG Streamclip" (go to Mac OS X/downloads and use search) and then you'll be able to convert to DV (with sound) for use in iMovie.
    Remember it could be worse...you could have purchased a HP Media Centre like a friend of mine and regretting every minute.

    83 of 102 people found this useful

  • 2.0 out of 5 stars

    Waste of money

    Because there is no means of identifying a specific need for this software by identifying beforehand the codec used on a given file, I wasted $20 buying in the hopes it would solve a -2048 error message I was getting trying to open a video clip identifying itself as an .mp4 file. No Mac or Windows software would open this video, sent by a webcam due to motion detection. Graphic Converter provided an error that listed -2048 system error as the problem, and Apple says on its web site that this is usually the result of a mismatched codec with several file types, and suggests that the MPEG-2 addon to Quicktime is the way to defeat this error. Apparently not in all cases, and not until after you pay them another $20 on top of paying for Quicktime Pro in order to find out! Somehow the industry has to standardize on video formats and at least limit them and their compression algorhythms to a handful that can be converted, one to the other, so that they can at least be read on all machines, even if they are not optimally displayed. This run around is a royal pain the a..

    74 of 85 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't bother

    If you have a Sony video camera don't expect to get audio in your video to work on the mac without first converting it using a 3rd party tool.

    I just spent 30 mins on the phone to Apple support on this issue and after several attempts of software downloads ( QT Pro and QT plugin..... and around $100 ) STILL NO WORK!!!!!!

    I would expect that Apple would have sorted this buy now as Sony is a major player in the video area. I expect to be able to import my home movies into iPhoto and click on them to play them, forget it, video with no audio is the only result you will get. I DO NOT expect to go to the trouble of converting every video I have taken, I expect it to work!

    78 of 93 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    For MPG's, you need Streamclip

    At first i was having trouble getting sound out of my mpg's that i imported from my HDD camcorder, but i downloaded streamclip and converted the audio which made it work great. I give it 4 stars for the extra hassle.

    91 of 120 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works Fine - Both Audio & Video

    Install is easy and I can now view the MOD files from my video camera simply by changing the extension to .mpg. I can hear and see video fine. Installed on a MacBook Pro w/latest OS X.

    83 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No sound!

    I use a Sony Handycam DCR SX41 video recorder that records to mpeg 2. I too downloaded this $19.99 addition to Quicktime and am very disappointed to learn that there is no sound on my videos. What a waste! Can Apple please develop a patch for this. Thank you very much.

    66 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Audio!

    No audio. Should be easier. Very disappointing.

    61 of 62 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Software blow

    Wanted to convert MPEG files for iPod. Bought Playback and Pro at cost of £35 (should be bundled anyway) only to discover MPEG cannot export audio because it is a 'muxed' file. Great. Thanks. Really Useful. A fool and his money...think before you buy these products.

    88 of 116 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    MPEG2 audio works if exported with MPEG Streamclip to DV format

    I've successfully imported MPEG2 files from Sony DCR-SR100 hard-drive camcorder to iMovie by converting them to DV format with MPEG Sreamclip, which is a freeware or shareware program available on apple.com. The converted files have audio decoded. It works fine. I wish Apple added MPEG2 and audio decoders used in Sony camera to iMovie. That would make more customers happier.

    64 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Weak app and support

    Like many folks, I was startled to learn that quicklime chokes on mpeg-2. I downloaded and installed this update, and I get video but no sound (which per many online posts is not unusual). I spent over two hours with tech support, and suffered thru being baby talked: it must be the file, something is wrong with my camera, even "call Sony". There is nothing wrong with the files or the camera. These are plain old mpeg-2 files (some muxed...the techies didn't even know what a multiplexed file was!) that all kinds of camcorders produce. They play on all of my PC's, and will play on my Mac with an aftermarket player just fine. Only QT chokes. (QT7 too). It's sad enough that Apple charge $20 for a patch specifically designed to fix the problem and it doesn't work. But the real insult was that they didn't want to give me a refund (they eventually caved in). And I still can't play the files, after wasting a chunk of a Sunday on this. (I have to play or convert them with an aftermarket program). I thought those days were over when I got my Mac. Live and learn.

    61 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no sound!

    Ugh, I wish I'd read the reviews of this before buying it. I get video but no sound from Sony HandyCam-generated files.

    62 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    VERY disappointed – no sound

    Wish I'd read these reviews first because I've just wasted money on the MPEG-2 Playback Component. Not a happy customer at all!

    61 of 64 people found this useful

  • 3.0 out of 5 stars

    It works fine...

    The MPEG2 QuickTime component works fine but may not meet your expectation. It will in fact decode MPEG2 files but the QuickTime player won't play the audio. Silly, no? You should download the excellent and free "MPEG Streamclip" to make it really work. From there you may play and export your MPEG files to just about anything.

    This playback component isn't free and isn't part of QuickTime because Apple has to pay licensing royalties to someone else for each installation. The actual published royalty to the MPEG LA (Licensing Authority) is $2.50 for decoders but I'll resist the urge to rant about the price Apple charges. Somone has to write this stuff and they have to eat. Otherwise, the QuickTime player should be fixed to demux and play back the audio.

    65 of 73 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No sound

    I should have read the reviews. I got a silent movie after buying the component. Very disappointed.

    62 of 68 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    Does not solve the lack of audio problem. What's the point of adding a plug-in that doesn't solve the reason for having a plug-in?

    63 of 70 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally able to convert AVCHD files into my iMac

    With 'MPEG-2 Playback' ($20.00 from APPLE) plus 'MPEG STREAMCLIP' (FREE, off of APPLE Support site) I was able to convert .mpg files into .mov files. This allows iMOVIE '11 to read STANDARD VIDEO from my SONY HDR CX12 Handy Cam. You have to make sure the settings are right for STREAMCLIP - Set it to export to QuickTime and set the compression to AIC (APPLE INTERMEDIATE CODEC). Make sure quality is set to 100%. I used multiple files by using the batch list feature. If Files show up as gray, set it to view ALL FILES.

    For Converting HD video I gave up on MPEG STREAMCLIP after countless hours and getting the 'Error: Can't find the first video frame'. I went ahead and bought iSKYSOFT $(31.00). I saw others for double the price. This allowed me to convert the infamous '.M2TS' files into an HD version of .mov. You have to go into the settings and check the zoom and make sure it converts it into a .mov file. If you use it as it comes in default you will not be happy with the quality.

    These were the cheapest solutions I could find and they worked pretty well, without sacrificing video quality. The conversion process should only be necessary for existing files (prior to having MPEG2 PLAYBACK) Once MPEG-2 PLAYBACK is installed, standard video is read automatically when plugging into your mac and choosing movies from your handycam. For HD files I have to continue to convert from 'm2ts' to '.mov', unless someone can show me differently =)

    63 of 70 people found this useful