• 3.0 out of 5 stars

    Best Import ??

    • Written by from Copenhagen

    After reading these reviews i can import and watch my video in Quicktime Pro 7, but the sound is missing. So i installed Streamclip 1.8 thinking it was a plug-in for Quicktime... But no, you have to run the footage in the program Streamclip and then save it. (correct me if im wrong) My question is; How and in what format should i save it in, to obtain the highest quality in both sound and picture ??

    The fact that Quicktime Pro isn't able to show, decode, the MPG2 format, is just ridiculous. It can't be that hard to throw in a 600 kb plug-in - C'mon !!!

    Anyway, thanks for all the great reviews, without them i probably would have hung myself, before figuring out how to import and watch all my extremly poor and boring video footage...


    80 of 104 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Sony Handicam Vs Mac ?????

    • Written by from Jaktim

    I saw all review, since i use Sony handycam also, i but this software, and down load mpeg stream clip...... STIILL NO SOUND !! ,

    62 of 69 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    I don't know why this exists

    • Written by from Oklahoma City

    I'm running Mac OS X and downloaded this thinking that it would somehow playback an MPEG-2 Video, Linear PCM, Timecode file, but all it did was cost $20. The files still won't play and I am going to have to buy a pro video converter to do the job.

    I think you should pull this out of the store, it obviously has no purpose.

    61 of 67 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Finally able to convert AVCHD files into my iMac

    • Written by from Chesterfield

    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 =)

    62 of 69 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Handy for importing, not needed for viewing

    • Written by from Miami

    If you need to import MPEG-2 video into Quicktime, this codec works great. But if you just want to view MPEG-2 video, there are better free solutions out there, including VLC and MPlayerOSX.

    73 of 92 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Great Video, NO audio

    • Written by from Phelan

    I too should have read through the reviews prior to purchasing! Lesson learned!

    New Mac user with several hundred .mpg videos. So, what are my options here?

    57 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why no audio?

    • Written by from London

    I've bought and downloaded this product. It plays the video component of my stored .mpg files but there's no audio at all. Essentially, a waste of time and money.

    61 of 69 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Need More Software!

    • Written by from austin

    This playback component works well. One of the lower comments says that to use your digital media in Quicktime and iMovie you would only need to get Streamclip 1.8 but the problem is that you do have to buy this product for Streamclip to work! Buy it if you want to edit your films or burn a dvd but if you are just wanting to watch your film on a bigger screen then just hook it up to a tv!

    84 of 116 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    No Complaints

    • Written by from Woodbridge

    When used with mpeg streamclip I was able to view and edit (in iMovie HD) all of my video I had taken with my Sony Handycam DVD505. The two (this product and mpeg streamclip) worked absolutely fine, and had no detrimental effects on the quality and ease of access/modification of my clips when used in conjunction.

    81 of 110 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    no sound

    • Written by from Denton

    just did not support ac3 sound and mpg sound ;what a disappointment ....

    57 of 63 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Audio with files from Premiere Elements

    • Written by from Schaffhausen

    I'm new to Mac and bought this to try and play .mpg files I had created using Premiere Elements on a PC. Video is fine but no audio at all - very very disappointing, not what I expected from the Mac experience!.

    58 of 65 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Doesn't work for EyeTV recordings

    • Written by from Fort Lauderdale

    I bought this thinking I could use it to play the TV shows I record using EyeTV after extracting the mpeg 2 file (using Show Package Contents) in Finder. Quicktime won't play it - just shows a black screen. VLC will play it though.

    53 of 55 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Why is this not included in QT Pro?

    • Written by

    Like most of the people on this thread, I needed to convert some older VHS tapes to digital video. So.. the most efficient method would be, have it converted to a DVD. (Then I'd do some clever editing in QT and imovie!) So, paid to have that conversion done (hey, it's digital right?) I was told no copy protection for consumer DVD transfer etc. So to me, this is such a no-brainer type of consumer desire conversion that I just assumed that QT pro would handle it... step two, purchased QT pro, well, it's not so pro after all. Shame on Apple to charge another bit and nickel and dime me for this basic consumer function (that still does not even work for audio according to the reviews)!!!. I've used Macs since the days of 40mb hard drives for mostly MIDI back then and work mostly with audio now. My thought... if you're going to tout this "it just works" line, then come through, and stop with the flashy media spiel. Disappointed. Might as well go PC.

    67 of 83 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    sound is not an issue after second try

    • Written by

    I have a JVC and work on MOD files. Mpeg-2 playback and streamclip saved my day. This component allows you to view file in streamclip. Then, you export the file to quicktime or which ever you like. Regarding to the sound issue, make sure you select mpeg-4 AAC and not uncompressed by default. I was able to get sound for the second try. Play around with it, everything works for me now!

    56 of 61 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    It does not work !!!

    • Written by from Bratislava

    I installed the component on my MacBookPro with 10.6.4 OS X and Quick Time 10.0 (114) and it simply DOES NOT WORK! I can't play any mpeg2 files. The main reason was to play files from the JVC GY HM 100 camcorder. I tried various "flavors" of mpeg 2 but I always get the message that QT cannot play it and needs additional software. If it at least said what software! Was this component not meant to solve exactly that??? This is very disappointing!

    53 of 56 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    No Sound

    • Written by from Miami

    Come on apple. This is really bad. my MPG video's dont play any sound. I feel like i've been robbed. Is it that difficult to get a group of computer engineers to fix this and actually a software for MPG that is actually worth the money?
    I know windows is one thing and apple is way better but come on I just switched to apple and I only want to get my old video's from my old pc. those are recorded memories and know i cant hear them. Please apple. DO SOMETHING.

    52 of 54 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Upset

    • Written by from Indianapolis

    Got a file MPEG and thought that MPEG 2 would open and play it no problem on my iMac OS 10.3.9. Guess again. 20 dollars down the drain? These compatablility problems really make the computer industy and Apple as dicy as a crooked auto dealer service center. Have always loved my Apples, come on guys you can do better than this in being more comprehensive and strait forward about what soft ware works with which OSs. Don't buy this product as a strait forward application to work with MPEG files.

    68 of 86 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Fine!

    • Written by from Gardnerville

    Just purchased in order to work with MPEG Streamclip and my Sony Handycam video files. I agree we shouldn't have to purchase additional software just to make it work but at least it did work!

    63 of 77 people found this useful

  • 4.0 out of 5 stars

    Did Exactly What I Needed, but still pretty expensive

    • Written by from Miami

    Had burned my wedding video from VHS cassette to DVD using a SONY DVD/VHS recorder and wanted to import video into iMovie. Not understanding this too much and reading a positive review of what a person did to get this to work in a similar way as I wanted, I took a gamble and downloaded the MPEG Stream clip version 9.3b version that addresses the no audio issue and paid the $19.99 for this MPEG-2 Playback Component and it worked beautifully. Later I noticed that my DVD file was in a .VOB file which is supported by the MPEG-2 Playback Component. An Apple rep told me I could do the same with Quicktime Pro for $29.99, but I decided to save myself the $10. Not sure why a customer needs to jump through hoops to get this done, why the component doesn't come pre-installed and why it's so expensive.

    60 of 71 people found this useful

  • 1.0 out of 5 stars


    • Written by from shelbyville

    this is an awful product, did nothing for me. bought because it said it would support the video off of my camera, but no luck. complete waste of $20.

    82 of 115 people found this useful