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what program do you use to watch divx? avi? wmv?
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Siren
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Jun 29, 2004, 03:17 PM
 
I've just switched from a PC (where I had the latest divx codecs and etc ...)
I was wondering because none of my video files are playing on my mac ... what program to use.
double clicking my files, Quicktime auto loads but says it doesn't have the required feature (or something) installed ... then something about that feature is unavailable to download (or something)
so I'd like to know what people here use .... thanks!
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 03:27 PM
 
go to versiontracker.com and search for VLC - also - it is *software* so you probably would have found your answer by searching in the software forum....
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Jun 29, 2004, 03:29 PM
 
Search the Software forum. Or just look at this thread.
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 03:51 PM
 
You can also download the Divx and 3ivx codecs to watch some movies in Quicktime. But your best bet is the aforementioned VLC.
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 04:18 PM
 
If I can't play it on VLC, mplayer, or Quicktime, I won't watch it.
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Jun 29, 2004, 04:27 PM
 
I use 3ivx + DivX + XviD Delegate in Quicktime.

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Jun 29, 2004, 06:02 PM
 
Originally posted by OwlBoy:
I use 3ivx + DivX + XviD Delegate in Quicktime.

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Same here. All you have to do is download the codecs and drop them into your ~/Library/Quicktime folder.
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 06:22 PM
 
Originally posted by madmacgames:
Same here. All you have to do is download the codecs and drop them into your ~/Library/Quicktime folder.
Yeah, but mplayer and VLC will let you watch it in full screen. ;-)
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 08:31 PM
 
Originally posted by ink:
Yeah, but mplayer and VLC will let you watch it in full screen. ;-)
ummm... ... as will quicktime
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 08:52 PM
 
Originally posted by madmacgames:
ummm... ... as will quicktime
...Pro.

VLC does it for free.

I find that with some codecs VLC's lip-sync will start to suffer after some minutes viewing. Quicktime doesn't as much.

MPlayer is also quite good.

A combination of the three programs and at worst, WMP, should play nearly everything.
     
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Jun 29, 2004, 11:57 PM
 
I found VLC a few weeks ago and love it! So far I haven't found any video file that hasn't been able to play in VLC (Although I am sure there are some out there).

Oh and it's free too. Great stuff!
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Now we come to step three. This... drives... most... people... crazy.
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 12:04 AM
 
Originally posted by ShotgunEd:
...Pro.

VLC does it for free.

I find that with some codecs VLC's lip-sync will start to suffer after some minutes viewing. Quicktime doesn't as much.

MPlayer is also quite good.

A combination of the three programs and at worst, WMP, should play nearly everything.
Seems Tiger has this feature for "free" too now.

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Jun 30, 2004, 05:00 AM
 
i downloaded the 3ivx codec and installed it ... now my files will play ... but there's no sound!

sorry for being so annoying ... but do you think you can provide with direct links to the nessecary codecs? (divx xvid?)
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 05:33 AM
 
Originally posted by Siren:
i downloaded the 3ivx codec and installed it ... now my files will play ... but there's no sound!

sorry for being so annoying ... but do you think you can provide with direct links to the nessecary codecs? (divx xvid?)
Search function broken on your Mac?

http://www.divx.com/divx/mac/

http://www.insaneness.com/xvid.html

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Jun 30, 2004, 06:31 AM
 
sorry sorry ..
and thanks .. everything is working well now.
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 07:05 AM
 
No worries. Enjoy.

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Jun 30, 2004, 08:17 AM
 
Originally posted by ShotgunEd:
...Pro.

VLC does it for free.

I find that with some codecs VLC's lip-sync will start to suffer after some minutes viewing. Quicktime doesn't as much.

MPlayer is also quite good.

A combination of the three programs and at worst, WMP, should play nearly everything.

You are both right, in fact.
You can write a applescript of 7 lines that will let you see Quicktime fullscreen even if you don't have Pro version

Save it was application:

on open theObject
tell application "QuickTime Player"
activate
open theObject
present movie 1 scale screen
end tell
end open
     
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Jun 30, 2004, 09:32 AM
 
Originally posted by ShotgunEd:
...Pro.
or use Cellulo for fullscreen and many other very cool features you won't find in Quicktime Player (it even lets you choose if you want DivX or 3ivx to decode your movie)!!
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Jun 30, 2004, 11:03 AM
 
one thing I do miss from my windows days is that there was a utility to manually adjust the quality of the divX codec. So for fast-action movies, you could adjust it for less tearing, etc. Dunno if Mac does this automatically, or if we are just stuck with the default quality settings.
     
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Jul 1, 2004, 09:12 AM
 
Originally posted by madmacgames:
one thing I do miss from my windows days is that there was a utility to manually adjust the quality of the divX codec. So for fast-action movies, you could adjust it for less tearing, etc. Dunno if Mac does this automatically, or if we are just stuck with the default quality settings.
This can be done on the Mac too. When you open a DivX movie using quicktime, press the option key. It will display a window with settings for the DivX codec.

(OK, this is what I remember from a loooong time ago, so it might have changed, but the posibility to configure the codec was once there ... )
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Jul 3, 2004, 07:15 AM
 
Mostly VideoLAN Client, but sometimes QuickTime Player.
     
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Jul 3, 2004, 08:59 AM
 
Originally posted by OwlBoy:
Seems Tiger has this feature for "free" too now.

-Owl

Tiger is available NOW?
     
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Jul 3, 2004, 09:10 PM
 
can't watch my .wmv files or my .ram or .rm
should've quicktime be able to play those? I think I remember on my pc ... I played those files with quicktime.
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Jul 3, 2004, 10:08 PM
 
Originally posted by Siren:
can't watch my .wmv files or my .ram or .rm
should've quicktime be able to play those? I think I remember on my pc ... I played those files with quicktime.
thanks
Windows Media and Real Player files, afaik, are proprietary and Quicktime will not play them (at least not on a mac, I don't know about Windows). VLC or MPlayer should play them though.

Or alternatively, use the native player.
     
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mplayer isn't working either
     
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Jul 4, 2004, 02:13 AM
 
mplayer is the best but i have a problem enlarging the screen. sometimes it goes

black and i have to restart the file.

vlc seems really buggy.
     
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Jul 4, 2004, 02:21 AM
 
Originally posted by Siren:
can't watch my .wmv files or my .ram or .rm
should've quicktime be able to play those? I think I remember on my pc ... I played those files with quicktime.
thanks
wmv is windows media - try mplayer or Windows Media Player
.ram .rm is Realmedia - try RealOne player
     
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Jul 4, 2004, 04:13 AM
 
Go to www.divx.com and get the free plugin for QuickTime. Plays .avi files without a problem.
     
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Jul 4, 2004, 10:25 AM
 
Originally posted by Siren:
can't watch my .ram or .rm
Here's the direct D/L link to the new RealPlayer 10 beta download page (no need to fill out stupid forms and register with Big Brother Real).

See also this thread.

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