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Where to download the official codecs for iMac?

I rather don't want to install 3rd party video transcoding software. But what is the alternative? I would like to watch my movie collection. (avi,divx,xvid,dvd,matroska,mpg,wmv,mov) But what do I need to install for this?

Thanks for the help.
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Where to download the official codecs for iMac?

I rather don't want to install 3rd party video transcoding software. But what is the alternative? I would like to watch my movie collection. (avi,divx,xvid,dvd,matroska,mpg,mpg2) But what do I need to install for this?

Thanks for the help.
Perian will add codecs to help Quicktime play back a wider variety of media, but quite frankly VLC does it all on its own and does a better job of it than QT with Perian does.


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Perian will add codecs to help Quicktime play back a wider variety of media, but quite frankly VLC does it all on its own and does a better job of it than QT with Perian does.
Thank you for your reply.

I know about Perian and VLC. But actually I'm looking for a link to an 'official Apple site' or something that is released by Apple, where I can download something that will make my video's play without crashing my audio interface..

(I'm trying to prevent compatibility issues with codecs & audio-interface)
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Thank you for your reply.

I know about Perian and VLC. But actually I'm looking for a link to an 'official Apple site' or something that is released by Apple, where I can download something that will make my video's play without crashing my audio interface..

(I'm trying to prevent compatibility issues with codecs & audio-interface)
Apple's own codec support is limited to their own native codecs (MOV, QT, AAC, etc) and some of the more ubiquitous ones like MP3. You'll need a third party package like Perian if you want to expand upon those capabilities.

In all fairness, I've never used an audio interface, but Perian is in pretty widespread use and I don't recall having ever seen a complaint here regarding compatibility with audio interfaces.

If you're having such an issue, perhaps it would be prudent to try to troubleshoot that issue here. To start with, we'd need some detail on the interface, your Mac, version of OS X and any specific error messages.

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I highly recommend Handbrake. It's a free third party app that can take the formats listed above and re-encode them into an H.264 format (.m4v), which can be read by iTunes and various Apple devices. I know you said you didn't want a third party option, but unfortunately, Apple doesn't offer something like this as far as I know.

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Hi Ed!

This ain't Windows. You really don't have to worry or think about this stuff.

Download Flip4Mac WMV Player and Perian and enjoy.
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Thanks for your replies.
I was hoping to be able to say goodbye to incompatibilityproblems that windows machines have.

But I currently have an issue with a brand new iMac, which probably is caused by video transcoding software that makes the audiodrivers crash. The manufacturer of the audio interface advised me to use codecs from apple only. But I think this is not a reasonable solution.

Here's a topic about the audiointerface / codec issue:
Sound Card Drivers Disappear?


I would like to figure out which specific codec causes the crash. But that is not an easy task as i'm quite new to the OS. Any help with this is much appreciated.
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Perhaps if we knew more about the files in question it would be easier to asses.


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Apple's main "preferred" codecs are everything related to MPEG-4, which they helped create. Sorry to hear about the conflict, but Apple's QuickTime software ships with a plays a huge number of codecs, but not all of them, so third-party codecs are mandatory.
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Perhaps if we knew more about the files in question it would be easier to asses.
There is 3 points i'm going / would like to check:

1. I would like to list all codecs. I'm currently looking for a way to list all codecs on iMac. There must be some kind of directory with them I suppose. What do you think of deleting and replacing a codec one by one and see if the crash still occurs? (I found these QT components, but I don't think those are all codecs, are they?)

2. I would like to know the name of the codecpack. I don't know the name of the codecpack anymore, can't find anything back of a codecpack on my iMac anymore.

3. I'm going to try to make a list of open audio/video applications while the crash occurs.

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1. I would like to list all codecs. I'm currently looking for a way to list all codecs on iMac. There must be some kind of directory with them I suppose. What do you think of deleting and replacing a codec one by one and see if the crash still occurs? (I found these QT components, but I don't think those are all codecs, are they?)
Don't touch those. Those are in a System folder, are part of the OS, and fiddling with those is most assuredly NOT recommended. The places you want to look are:
Macintosh HD/Library/QuickTime
yourhomefolder/Library/QuickTime (if it exists… it may not)

Those are the only places any 3rd party codecs should be.


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@lifeisabeach: thanks, that will help. These are my 3rd party codecs from Macintosh HD/Library/QuickTime

I've just had a crash again Itunes and a youtube-player in safari were open, when I opened a video in Quicktime the soundcard driver disappeared.

Quicktime shows the following Videoproperties:
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Apple OpenDML JPEG, 640 x 479, Millions
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@lifeisabeach: thanks, that will help. These are my 3rd party codecs from Macintosh HD/Library/QuickTime

I've just had a crash again Itunes and a youtube-player in safari were open, when I opened a video in Quicktime the soundcard driver disappeared.
I would just start by making a backup copy of all those QuickTIme Components, then delete the originals. If you still have the problems, go ahead and restore the backups… they obviously aren't the problem. Next thing to do is uninstall Flash and see if that fixes it.


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But I currently have an issue with a brand new iMac, which probably is caused by video transcoding software that makes the audiodrivers crash. The manufacturer of the audio interface advised me to use codecs from apple only. But I think this is not a reasonable solution.
You're right. The problem is caused by, and will only ever really be fixed by, the manufacturer of the audio interface.

As for "official" codecs from or approved by Apple, that would be ... let me see here ... QuickTime (and all the codecs it supports).

Here's a list.

Apple also offers a list of "approved" codecs:
Apple - QuickTime - QuickTime Components

But truthfully, this won't help you. The audio interface company getting their act together and cleaning up their sloppy programming is what will help you, ultimately.
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There is 3 points i'm going / would like to check:

1. I would like to list all codecs. I'm currently looking for a way to list all codecs on iMac. There must be some kind of directory with them I suppose. What do you think of deleting and replacing a codec one by one and see if the crash still occurs? (I found these QT components, but I don't think those are all codecs, are they?)

2. I would like to know the name of the codecpack. I don't know the name of the codecpack anymore, can't find anything back of a codecpack on my iMac anymore.

3. I'm going to try to make a list of open audio/video applications while the crash occurs.

Thanks again for the interest & support!
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