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Editors' Review

by   / November 02, 2012

Perian is a software app that makes viewing your media files easier. Basically, Perian enables QuickTime application support for a wide variety of media files. Perian is available from several sources, but not the App Store when we looked. It installs easily as long as you have no software already installed that can conflict with Perian.

Perian supports a variety of file types for both video and audio files. All the standard file formats are supported, but there's a ton of less-commonly found file formats supported by Perian, too. Perian works without you realizing it is there. When QuickTime is used to play a file, that file just works (no more error messages). Files that don't normally work on the Mac all work using QuickTime, with Perian handling the file formats.

It's important to note that Perian does not work with QuickTime 10 or above, and the development team for Perian will cease updates in the near future to move to another project. Still, if you use earlier versions of QuickTime and run into file format issues (especially on migrated files), then Perian is a must-have. Its support for a huge number of file formats makes this a useful utility for most people.

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Full Specifications

What's new in version 1.2.3


- Some Fraps videos only displayed black. [r1424] (#566)
- Workaround checks for Front Row stopped being effective. [r1426] (#564)
- Fixed compatibility with web video playback. [r1427, r1429, r1450] (#572)
- Worked around System Preferences crashing during an update on 10.6. [r1449] (#591) This change will take effect after this update.
- Further fixes to Matroska import. [r1432, r1441, r1447] (#338, #492, #594, #601)

General

Publisher The Perian Team
Publisher web site http://perian.org
Release Date July 23, 2011
Date Added July 23, 2011
Version 1.2.3

Category

Category MP3 & Audio Software
Subcategory Media Players

Operating Systems

Operating Systems Mac OS X 10.4 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.5 Intel/PPC, Mac OS X 10.6 Intel/10.7
Additional Requirements
  • Mac OS X 10.4.7 or higher
  • Download Information

    File Size 3.4MB
    File Name Perian_1.2.3.dmg

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    Total Downloads 345,256
    Downloads Last Week 4

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    License Model Free
    Limitations Not available
    Price Free
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