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  • 5.0 stars

    "It does what it says it'll do."

    September 7, 2010  |   By cathwang


    Easy and works instantly.


    None. Never heard of this app, so I was a bit hesitant, but it worked!


    All I wanted to do was to play some video files that didn't play with QuickTime, so I tried to find different apps that would play my videos. A pop-up message in QT took me to a QT Components recommended page, so I tried DivX Mac. With DivX, it played the video, but no audio - it actually gave me this message: "This file contains a track in the Dolby AC3 Audio (code ?8192?) format. You may need to install a DirectShow decoder for this audio format in order to hear the soundtrack of this file."

    Unfortunately, it wasn't easy to figure out exactly where to get this DirectShow decoder for Mac, but I came across a forum post that recommended this Perian plug-in and it worked marvelously. No restart required - it took me less than a couple of minutes to download, install and play my videos w/ Perian. Not sure why this wasn't on QT's recommendations page, but it should be.

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  • Reply by bwi7 on December 4, 2010

    ok i have installed perian on my mac pro and still cant get my movies to play sound what do i need to do now ??? i got the same message that you did when playing a divx movie ??

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