Perian for Mac

Perian for Mac

Download Editors' Rating:
4.5
Outstanding
Average User Rating:
4.3
out of 46 votes

Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.2.1
  • Total Downloads:
    321,424
  • Date Added:
    March 23, 2010
  • File Size:
    3.4MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    279
  • Operating Systems:
    Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC

Editors' Review

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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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User Reviews
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5 stars

"Play AVI and other videos in Quicktime Player"

September 02, 2012  |  By Indydan54321

 |  Version: Perian 1.2.3

Pros

Quick and easy installation. Plays AVI and other videos in Quicktime Player. No separate interface required.

Cons

None found.

Summary

My computer is running OS 10.4.11. I installed Perian and can now play every video format except WMV in Quicktime Player. They play flawlessly (I use Windows Media Player 9 to play WMV files.)

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4 stars

"Not sure what some people are complaining about."

May 28, 2012  |  By solvs

 |  Version: Perian 1.2.3

Pros

It is free, works fine for most things. Only plugin package for Macs that comes with most of what you need. What's to complain about?

Cons

I did have some problems installing one system once, but I think they had other problems. Wound up reinstalling their OS (10.6) for something else and retrying this and it worked fine. Doesn't have every type of odd codec out there, so there are some things that it won't play, but neither does VLC sometimes. For what it is, it's great and I'm sad to see future development going away. Maybe now that it's completely opensourced someone else will take the ball and run with it. Love how it says it works on PPC 10.6, CNET are the ones who need to get their acts together.

Summary

It works, use it. If it doesn't, you have another problem. Don't say it doesn't work on an OS just because you're having issues. Using it on Mountain Lion, and it works fine with 2 different versions of QT.

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3 stars

"Unable to view movies using Perian using Lion OS 10.6"

January 02, 2012  |  By cmooreatl

 |  Version: Perian 1.2.3

Pros

Quick and easy download.

Cons

Was unable to view movies using OS Lion 10.6 although audio worked perfectly.

Summary

Hope an update can rectify in the future. Thank you!

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1 stars

"It sucks!!!"

August 29, 2011  |  By uniquueuser

 |  Version: Perian 1.2.3

Pros

I've found none.

Cons

Did I say it sucks?

Summary

There are other FREE options that work better and faster than this POS. Wasted money and so much time on it. I will never use it again.

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1 stars

"It doesn't work on Lion"

August 19, 2011  |  By GiraltCR

 |  Version: Perian 1.2.3

Pros

None whatsoever.

Cons

It doesn't work.

Summary

They should've tested 1.2.3 on Lion before releasing it... It doesn't work at all.

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Full Specifications

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What's new in version 1.2.1
  • Added Indeo 5 decoding. [r1271]
  • Fixed several bugs in Matroska support (1.2 regression) [r1240, r1243]
  • Incomplete AVI files were not fully imported (1.2 regression) [r1242]
  • Fixed subtitles crashing in 10.4 [r1240]
  • Fixed a rare crash with .mp4 [r1265]
  • No error was shown if the installer somehow failed [r1270] Note that it does not try to correct errors, only report them.
  • Fixed crash in SSA support [r1250]
  • Fixed invisible subtitles sometimes appearing over the first frame [r1275]
General
Publisher The Perian Team
Publisher web site http://perian.org
Release Date March 23, 2010
Date Added March 23, 2010
Version 1.2.1
Category
Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players
Operating Systems
Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.6 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 PPC, Mac OS X 10.4 Intel, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel, Mac OS X 10.4 PPC, Macintosh
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.4.7 or higher
  • Download Information
    File Size 3.4MB
    File Name Perian_1.2.3.dmg
    Popularity
    Total Downloads 321,424
    Downloads Last Week 279
    Pricing
    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free

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