Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Video in Quicktime

There are two main reasons to get video to play in Quicktime.

1) To make your own DVDs with iDVD.
2) To convert videos to a format that plays on iPods (.m4v).

I do a lot of 1, and with my best friend giving me an iPod as a wedding present I've started to do some of 2. Previously I would load the video in VLC and have it tell me what codecs were being used. I'd then try and find a version of those codecs for Quicktime. It was ususally hit or miss.

There is a better way. You just install an open-source program called Perian that installs Quicktime support for lots of common video formats. It works perfectly!

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