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Perian
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Perian Description

Perian is a software app that enables Apple’s QuickTime Player to play several popular video formats which are not supported by QuickTime on Mac OS X. It’s an open source QuickTime component based on different platforms. It installs easily and supports a wide variety of media files. It’s like a QT Plug-in for many media files. With Perian, you can watch both video and audio files easily.

With Perian, any OS X file that uses QuickTime can now use some more additional media types. You can now play AVI, FLV and MKV file formats. AVI provides support for AAC, AC# Audio, H.264, MPEGA and VBR MP3.

Media types like MS-MPEG4 v1& v2, DivX, 3ivX, H.264, FLV1, FSV1, VP6, MPEG2 Video Fraps, Window Media Audio v1&v2, Flash ADPCM are also supported by this plug-in.

Perian also provide subtitle support for SSA and SRT which means you can enjoy media files of these formats with subtitles in original version. It will work only with QuickTime 7.6.6 which is the default media player.

Once the setup is complete, Perian works automatically. While VLC Media Player is everyone’s first choice on Mac as it provide support for all media files, having QuickTime with Perian on your Mac is not a bad choice to enjoy any kind of media files.

Salient Features

  > Supports wide range of formats

  > Easy to install and works automatically

  > AVI support for different formats

  > Subtitle support for SSA and SRT

Pros

  > Supports a variety of formats for video, audio, text and container format

  > Works as a QT plug-in for many media players

Cons

  > Doesn’t work with QuickTime 10 or above

  > May not play all media files

Bottom Line

Download Perian to play several popular video formats which are otherwise not supported by QuickTime on Mac OS X. 

3.60 MB
Free
Mac OS X
http://www.perian.org
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