• 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Solution for Audio issues


    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It matters where it goes....

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Other reviews are bad

    Other reviewers are poorly informed. The MPEG-2 component is necessary not because of Apple, but because the MPEG group required Apple to license it in years past. Since they had to pay this cost is rolled along to you. MPEG is also not technically designed to be edited so if you're bringing MPEG to into Final Cut you're doing it wrong to begin with. About the Lion comments, the functionality is built into Lion so you no longer need this product, Apple no longer charges you for MPEG functionality, I don't know why people are dinging them for it. If you need to install QuickTime 7 on Lion and need the Component, you can use the installed from Squared5 to install this.

    89 of 107 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    So I researched my problem, installed this $20 fix and it worked perfectly. You need to read what it will play closely before you purchase. I wish this was a part of the Apple package, but it is what it is and I'm happy I can now watch my movies.

    79 of 92 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    does everything its supposed to

    59 of 82 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Exactly what I needed

    for Mac OS X users (not lion): I needed .mpg files to work. It did as soon as I installed this component. Totally satisfied.

    48 of 53 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worth the Price, And does what is promised

    The Quicktime MPeg-2 add-on is essential for editing or playing muxed DVD streams or demuxed (elementary) streams on a mac using Quicktime Player 7, Final Cut Pro, Final Cut Express, and MpegStreamclip. It does NOT handle ac3 audio,
    for that you would need either Perian or the AC2 Codec ( google either to find).

    But if your elementary streams contain PCM or MP3 audio, it will handle
    those files no problem.

    This is my first recommendation when it comes to editing DVDs you made on the mac,
    but don't have access to the original footage. You need to pull a clip off
    that dvd you made for Grandma to send to Uncle Joe, you'll need this.

    85 of 98 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars


    I was trying for hours to import videos from my sony camcorder....omg, such a hassle. all it kept saying was unrecognized format. i was getting so angry. finally i stumbled across this and IT WORKED!!! THANK YOU SO MUCH. WORTH THE 19.99!!!!

    53 of 71 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Toooooo Easy

    I have a Sony DCR-IP220 that produces mmv files. Of course, Sony no longer supports that format so I basically have a verrrry expensive "betamax". I needed some way to see, convert and edit these on my iMac and MacBook Pro. After reading several posts all over the net, I finally settled on "MPEG StreamClip v. 1.93b4" (beta) and went ahead, bought and installed the MPEG-2 Playback Component for MAC OS X. All of this took place after hours and hours of trying different player converters/add-ons, etc.

    All I can say is that it works and works flawlessly. I have NONE of the problems reported by many others regarding loss of audio. Since I am converting from a proprietary file type (Sony mmv) I didn't have much hope that it would work at all but, so far, (with fingers crossed) no problems whatsoever.

    I am converting mmv files and most of the reviewers on here don't have to deal with that headache but I have to say that I am a little bit happier with my "betamax" now. :)))

    48 of 60 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Works perfectly

    I can't speak for anyone else but this worked great for me teamed up with MPEG Streamclip to rip some MPEG files into a mac friendly format. Not sure what problems other people are having but perhaps they aren't using the codec correctly?

    good luck!

    55 of 79 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Worked Fine!

    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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    great product

    If you have MPEG Streamclip, you NEED this. I just downloaded it and it works perfectly.

    58 of 73 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Very Easy to Use

    I downloaded MPEG Streamclip first and tried to convert and Streamclip pointed me directly to this MPEG-2 Playback Component Site. I bought it, downloaded it, restarted my computer and it worked beautifully. Just need to download and install and the rest takes care of itself. No problems with audio at all. Operating Snow Leopard and using MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3.b2.

    202 of 218 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Read Description BEFORE You Buy

    I have had this for a long time and is essential when you start authoring DVDs and MP2 content. To those complaining about it "not playing audio". First read the product description. It tells you plainly it will not read certain audio muxed in the mpg. 2nd if you are complaining you probably know nothing about mpg encoding. This product does exactly what it says.

    92 of 113 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Finaly a solution, but should be easier on Macs.

    I have a new JVC camcorder which creates those lovely .MOD files. I used to use Pinnacle Studio to edit stuff on the PC and it worked fine if I just changed the file name. But for the Mac it wasn't that easy (PC died and I switched to Mac). After downloading at least 5 Mac applications to try and do the conversion, I put out the 20 bucks and also downloaded Streamclip. So much easier for me! Audio worked fine. Video was shot in 16:9 and it kept the format. Most other conversion applications only had 4:3 output. While iMovie is not as good as Studio (IMO) this now at least let's me edit some quick family video and burn to DVD.

    261 of 290 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    The Real Solution

    You need to use a separate program to get the sound to work. After you get the MPEG-2 Playback Component you need to download a program called MPEG Streamclip (available from Apple for free).

    Open your videos in there. Go to File -> Export To Quicktime. Problem solved.

    384 of 413 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Don't listen to the negative reviews

    This software works EXACTLY as advertised.

    This software is a VIDEO decoder.

    This has NOTHING to do with audio. When you by this component you are granted the right to use the license required to view MPEG-2 files.

    Many have written that this software is a waste of money. They think this out of pure ignorance.

    Combine this component with MPEG Streamclip (freeware) and you can rip DVDs to your heart's content.

    166 of 185 people found this useful

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    Know Your Formats!

    I usually don't do this, but the "no audio" reviews are kind of annoying. MPEG-2 files don't contain audio. It doesn't matter what software you use. Whenever you build a movie for a DVD in Compressor or whatever else you may be using, it makes two files, an MPEG-2 file and an AC3 file: MPEG-2 is video and AC3 is audio. When you burn the DVD, it correlates the files together for playback on a DVD player. So, not having audio has nothing to do with this codec. It's just how it is...

    193 of 214 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

  • 5.0 out of 5 stars

    It works

    I purchased a Sony HD camcorder for my husband last year, but it was impossible for him to import videos into iMovie or anything else on his PowerBook. Now that he has this, he's able to convert the MPEG-2 format videos from the camcorder into iMovie 6 .mov files and share them with far-flung family.

    70 of 74 people found this useful