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Perian for Mac

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Perian is a free, open-source plug-in that can help QuickTime users play more formats, including most major codecs.

Billed as a "Swiss Army Knife for QuickTime," Perian installs a preference pane and automatically installs components for over two dozen formats--everything from AVI, FLV, and DivX to curios like DTS Coherent Acoustics audio, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), and various subtitle formats. The settings give you a few options, for the likes of alerts and audio output, but most of Perian's functionality happens invisibly during playback.

The one format that Perian won't help with is WMV (so you'll need something like Flip4Mac for that), but otherwise this free plug-in should add a lot of firepower to your Quicktime playback options.

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All User Reviews
  • All versions:

    4.3 stars

    out of 46 votes

    • 5 star: 32
    • 4 star: 7
    • 3 star: 2
    • 2 star: 1
    • 1 star: 4
  • Current version:

    4.5 stars

    out of 11 votes

    • 5 star: 8
    • 4 star: 3
    • 3 star: 1
    • 2 star: 0
    • 1 star: 0
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  • 5.0 stars

    "Front Row is a lot better now!"

    March 5, 2011  |   By ivo0008

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    Allows playback of flash and divx file types in front row and quick time making things a lot easier.

    Cons

    Initial installation issues

    Summary

    Works as advertised.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Invisible."

    March 4, 2011  |   By msoucie

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    invisible.

    Cons

    absolutely none

    Summary

    downloaded it and enjoy...!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "It just works fine, as it should."

    February 7, 2011  |   By tigerandyx9

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    It just works fine, as it should.

    Cons

    It just works fine, as it should.

    Summary

    It just works fine, as it should.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Works wonderfully in the background"

    January 6, 2011  |   By cindycated

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    Easy setup
    Automatically converts files to whatever format they need to be in
    Makes QT so much more useable
    Must-have if you download a lot of videos from varied sources

    Cons

    None so far
    Switching PAL files to NTSC would've been nice though, for Toast.

    Summary

    I was wracking my brain and wasted so much time trying to convert downloaded FLV files with other programs, just to be able to view them on my old PB G4. This add-on completely eliminates this need. Now I can just double-click on ANY file (with Flip4Mac for WMVs) and it opens and starts playing as if it were a native QT file. Tried dragging some odd files into Toast 9 to burn a DVD-Video, and it even automatically converted them for THAT, with no degradation whatsoever. AMAZING! It won't do anything to improve the quality of your files or convert between NTSC and PAL, but not only does it allow you to view them, in whatever format they're in, but it also opens up so many more options for HOW they're viewed.
    Without Perian, I'd still be sitting here needlessly converting video files (which can take several hours on my slow G4--overnight with some files), and further degrading their quality in the process. This has "dumbed down" newfangled video files on my Mac to the point where even *I* can view any file with confidence!

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Installed easily."

    December 23, 2010  |   By veldugo

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    I have no comment at this time.

    Cons

    I have no comment at this time.

    Summary

    I have no comment at this time.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This is a miracle!!"

    September 20, 2010  |   By yyalaki

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    It seems to work well with various video types on my G3 ibook. I haven't tried all video formats though. No new player is needed, files open in quicktime.

    Cons

    None so far.

    Summary

    This is the best video playback alternative out there for mac. Especially for older macs.

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  • 5.0 stars

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

    September 7, 2010  |   By cathwang

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    Easy and works instantly.

    Cons

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

    Summary

    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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  • 5.0 stars

    "Enough for my needs"

    August 30, 2010  |   By william_jo

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    Easy to use

    Cons

    no cons found

    Summary

    Recommend to hesitant users.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Does what I needed it for"

    May 11, 2010  |   By smk1vt

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    Quick, easy, transparent.

    Cons

    None that I've encountered so far

    Summary

    If you have any movies/videos you need to play with QT, this will probable do it for you and you'll never even know that it's there.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "You complete me!"

    May 6, 2010  |   By fabian1313

    Version: Perian 1.2.1

    Pros

    After downloading, I was able to add AVI files to Toast and make a DVD out of them

    Cons

    None......

    Summary

    A must have if you use Toast!

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