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February 3, 2009

Perian for Pro Codecs - Free HDV/DVCProHD/XDcam decoders

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I've been hacking on some patches for Perian to allow it to playback the "pro codecs" that you normally can't play without Final Cut Studio installed.

So, I'm posting four different Quicktime components. These are playback only (no encoding). I chose to break them into separate components so you can pick and choose only what you need. Just put them in your Library/Quicktime folder.

These are, of course, UNSUPPORTED, and may very well leap out of your computer and murder you with an axe. On the plus side, they let you play all those Quicktime files that your Final Cut using friends give you.

So, here we go:

And of course, the source for all of this. This is based on Perian 1.1.3. You'll notice I've modified the Xcode project to add separate build targets for each component (plus a few others, not posted here). This allows me to spit out a half dozen different components without having to modify source.

Posted by at February 3, 2009 10:37 AM | News


You are a star !
Will be checking these out asap
You do not know how many people digitize rushes through FCP and do not back up original rushes folder from their camera. Then you have to have FCP 6 etc to view
Fantastic !!

Posted by: net at February 17, 2009 5:58 AM


Posted by: jus at March 8, 2009 3:29 PM

You know, you can send us patches and crash logs instead of making all these forks! I'm really unsure if the Quicktime API can represent interlaced video properly, though - without looking you're probably losing TFF/RFF flags at least.

Posted by: astrange at June 26, 2009 4:36 PM