4 Replies Latest reply: Dec 2, 2012 5:20 AM by QuickTimeKirk
Serge Dominichini Level 1 (0 points)

Hello, I am new to MAC and not really a computer expert. I have transfered all my video mpg2 files on my new MAC (from a Sony DCR-SR85 which has a hard drive / i transfered the file to my computer as if it was an external drive). Thumbnails do not appear and i can't open with QT (no codec). I can open with VLC, but to check the file, rotate them, etc... i would like to see the thumbnails (so no need to open them 1 by 1). I looked at a few forums and responses seem very technical so i could not figure out what to do; i still have checked that:

- I have OS 10.7.5 so reading MPG-2 should be possible ?

- i have found in system / library / QT file (after struggling to find how to get there...) that i have indeed a file Apple MPG2 Codec component

- i have also read it might be the Sony files are not exactly MPEG2 ?


My main aim is to locate the Video which need to rotated, so i can do the same with Image Browser from my Canon Camera.


Is there is an easy fix, that would be great. I there is a specific Software which could help, i may get it.


Thanks for your help.


As it is the first time i try to post sth on internet, i am not even sure how i will see respone if any, but that will be the second step.





Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Serge Dominichini Level 1 (0 points)

    I now know how to see if there are any response.

    I have now checked that i can't see thumbnails in:

    - Finder

    - iMovies

    - Image Browser (from Canon)

    - Adobe Premiere

    Can see MOV and AVI on all of those.

    Any help much appreciated.



  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 (52,210 points)

    Most Mac users would connect the camera and start up iMovie to import (and convert) the files.

    QuickTime 10.1 (HD/Applications folder) should be able to open the MPEG-2 files but QuickTime Player 7.6.6 needs additional software.

  • Serge Dominichini Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello QuickTimeKirk, thanks for taking the time to reply to my query. I have just opened up one of the few video i can open with QT (.Avi) and i could check that the version of Quick Time i have is indeed 10.1, so it does not seem to be the issue. Opening of the files is not my worst concern, although it would be great to be able to open them. What bugs me is the fact that if i look in a certain subdirectory with a set of videos coming either from my Canon Ixus or from my wife Canon Ixus or from my Sony Camcorder (.AVI, .MOV or .Mpeg), either in Finder, Image Browser, or even Adobe Premiere, i can't even see the thumbnail of the mpeg2 file, so it is dificult to sort out. Any ideas ? Cheers. Serge

  • QuickTimeKirk Level 9 (52,210 points)

    MPEG-2 files on my machine also have a generic icon and no preview.