September 12, 2007

Perian Does FLV, MPEG-2, +!

Perian 1.0 is a free and open source QuickTime component that adds additional format support on Macs running OS X.4.7 or later. Perian is especially cool and notable in my book for two of the supported codecs: FLV and MPEG-2, both for which until Perian's release were available only as commercial products.

So why might you be interested in these particular formats?

FLV is the native video format used by the ubiquitous Adobe Flash Player, and MPEG-2 is the format used in digital TV and DVD video. If you or your team work with either of these formats, you'll appreciate having native support in OS X, especially in the file system; column view's integrated QuickTime playback makes short work out of identifying video clips.

Converting FLV to other formats is possible and sometimes handy (check Perian's short video tutorial on converting YouTube video), though you are generally better off starting from the original source material. Great for converting videos for your iPod or iTunes collection, though.

Speaking of video collections, Perian is also part of the Participatory Culture Foundation's open source democratic internet TV platform recently renamed Miro. Worth checking out if you are a content producer and/or video junky.

Posted by Lewis Francis at September 12, 2007 11:10 PM

I'm trying to track down a flv compatibility problem where a recent client video's audio track refused to play under Perian 1.0, but until then I've had no trouble working with Sorenson Squeeze-created flv, or video taken from YouTube and other similar sites. It's prob an issue with the client's particular authoring tool; I hope to find out and report back soon.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at September 12, 2007 11:20 PM

Version 1.1 is out, offers Leopard/QuickTime 7.4 compatibility, 'major performance improvements', more.

Posted by: Lewis Francis at March 21, 2008 10:28 AM
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