10 Replies Latest reply: Jul 1, 2012 7:14 PM by babowa
BrianDahl Level 1 (0 points)

It tells me that it misses some codecs; but it should be an integrated function in QuickTime Player version of the Lion or??

My MPG files has been recordet with my Sony handycam DCR-SR90.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.4)
  • dsimagry Level 4 (1,275 points)

    Luckily, there are DOZENS of video/media players and extensions avaliable for the Mac. Many of them are FREE, some of the better FREE ones are...



    PERIAN (quicktime extension)




    QUICKTIME 7.6.6




    VLC media player









    And if none of those work, there is a possibility that those video files may be corrupted.

  • hughmass Level 3 (575 points)

    Try this. In Lion, you can select the clip, right click and go to the bottom of the contextual menu to services, then go to encode for compatibility.

    That should let you convert them to something Apple will work with.


  • BrianDahl Level 1 (0 points)

    It helped me, buy didn't solved my problem. Still I can't use the built-in QuickTime player!!

  • BrianDahl Level 1 (0 points)

    On, this didn't worked...

  • softwater Level 5 (5,370 points)

    Forget about QuickTime, it's not particularly good. As dsimagry already suggested, use something like the much more robust open source player VLC




    It will play just about anything without requiring further codecs.

  • dsimagry Level 4 (1,275 points)

    My expertise ends here.... Hopefully someone comes by with the solution you are looking for.

  • babowa Level 7 (29,975 points)

    Are you trying to simply view them or want to get them into iMovie or similar to edit/burn to a DVD?


    So far, all the suggestions covered viewing them.

  • BrianDahl Level 1 (0 points)

    I installed VLC, which I usually use on Windows, so thanks for your help anyway. I just can not understand that QuickTime Player will not play my Mpeg-2 video that Apple shows in their list of file formats for QuickTime Player ... Never mind I did not like the player in Windows either.

  • BrianDahl Level 1 (0 points)

    As a starting point, just to see them. But I would also like to be able to edit them in iMovie for example. I have also tried, but it did not work either.
    I found an app on the "App Store" called "Total Video Converter Lite," this app can convert almost anything to everything.
    But it can not be right that one should make such tricks to get it working or what?

  • babowa Level 7 (29,975 points)

    Well, there is no computer that can handle/read all the different formats, so.... first, Sony and Apple do not play all that well together (Sony likes Microsoft, not Apple) and then you have to figure out the format. Here is a compatibility list; as you can see, iMovie can handle quite a few:




    I don't believe your model is listed. What type of media does your Sony use? If it's a memory card, it's easy: just get the video on your desktop. If it's hard drive based, then I don't know what to tell you. You might want to check with the Sony folks. If there is a way to get the video on your desktop, I can suggest several ways to convert it to a format iMovie (or Quicktime) can handle, but first it needs to be recognized and mounted.


    I don't know the app you mentioned, but there are several I'd suggest (MPEG Streamclip (free) or Handbrake), but, as I said, you need to first get the video onto your desktop.