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    Question How to properly install an audio codec for iMac OS X?
    Hello

    I'm having trouble getting the sound for a downloaded movie (all other movies I've downloaded work perfectly with 4 installed audio players). All comments for this particular download indicate the sound and audio for this file are fantastic (so apparently I'm the only one with the problem).

    From what I have read, it seems I may be missing an audio codec, but when I try to download any audio codec, the file appears in my downloads folder, I click on it, and then I get an error message that reads: "Quicktime cannot open because this is not a movie file."

    I know that codecs are not "movie files," but what do I select to install the codec?

    I am new to Mac, so I feel like I'm starting all over again (and have no idea how to "properly" install plugins, programs etc.....) :-)

    Thanks in advance for your input.

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    What is the codec and where did you get it? Are there not instructions on the site you found it on?
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    I've tried to download it from a few different websites, but here is the url from the most recent attempt... (there are no instructions included with the download link).

    Download AC3 Codec X for Mac - Play AC3 audio in AVI files. MacUpdate Mac Audio Software Downloads

    Thanks for your help!

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    Have you tried something like Perian or Flip4Mac?

    That link lead me to another link that one of the commenters suggested going to get a version that worked with Intel Macs. In the Readme file I read, it says you have to "First you need DivX 6.0 to correctly load the AVI file into QuickTime". That update seems to be over three years old!
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    Thanks for the suggestions. I've downloaded Perian and Flip4Mac, but unfortunately neither have solved the sound issue with this particular file. Can't think of what else to try, the sound will not appear with any player (including recent downloads of VLC and DivX).

    All other movie downloads work fine, so maybe I'm not missing any codecs. The thing that bugs me is that no one else has the no sound issue with this particular movie download.

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