Perian

Version: 1.2.3 || Release Date: 2011-07-23 || License: GPL Developer: Perian Project | App Owner: durin42

Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats.

Perian enables QuickTime application support for additional media:

  • File formats: AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW
  • Video types: MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, Sorenson H.263, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, H263i, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Snow, NuppelVideo, Techsmith Screen Capture, DosBox Capture
  • Audio types: Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), and MPEG Layer I & II Audio, True Audio, DTS Coherent Acoustics, Nellymoser ASAO
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
  • Subtitle support for SSA/ASS and SRT

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Doesn't actually support Vorbis in the form that most users will be acquiring files in that format. It supports Vorbis files in the Matroska container, not the Ogg container. This means I'd need to convert 20+ GB of music to the Matroska container. If I was going to do that I may as well convert to Apple Lossless or something else. Not useful for me, I'm afraid.

Just need WMV and subtitles in FrontRow, actualy is broken the video is black in FrontRow with SRT

Install it and forget it. Essential! Genius! Used to rely on VLC for .flv playback but not anymore. Love this.

if you watch many videos, this is a must-have!

@oldsystem : No, Perian will not interfere with Flip4Mac's WMV Player

I don't see .wmv support on the list. So this won't interfere with Flip4Mac then, right?

Video showing how to download a Flash Video file from YouTube, using only Safari and its activity window, then watch the flv file with quicktime:
http://perian.org/#watch

I just banned VLC, not because VLC is bad, but beacause I only want to have one media-player :-).

THIS IS THE BEST.

@ecable : try mplayer

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