4 Replies Latest reply: Aug 4, 2014 9:40 AM by Marco_Polo
Marco_Polo Level 1 (15 points)

I have some very valuable footage that I was given in the .mpg format. The only app that could open it was VLC.

I tried to import it to FCP(6), but no dice, wouldn't take it.

Would like eventually to import for use in an apple prores timeline.


Any suggestions as to how to handle/convert this footage?


Many thanks,



Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5), FCP(6)
  • mdesignffm Level 2 (240 points)

    best is mpeg streamclip. free download. convert to pro res HQ.

  • Marco_Polo Level 1 (15 points)

    OK, but then I get this messageQT a.tiff

    Then if I go to http://www.apple.com/quicktime/mpeg2, I get the following page which does not direct me toward purchasing the MPG-2 component?


  • mdesignffm Level 2 (240 points)

    on OSX lion or later, quicktime X includes mpeg2 functionality. that is why you cannot buy - you own it already.


    nevertheless, streamclip needs the component.


    since i always have owned quicktime pro and still have quicktime 7 on my system, i never ran into that problem.


    but many people do - there is some help on the square5 website. i found the text below in a forum post, it is from square5. just check whether this is correct for your version of streamclip.


    good luck!



    Apple states the component is unnecessary in Lion and Mountain Lion, however MPEG Streamclip still needs it.

    To install the component in Lion or Mountain Lion, please download MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3b8 beta above; inside the disk image you will find the Utility MPEG2 Component M. Lion: use it to install the MPEG-2 Playback Component in Lion or Mountain Lion.

    The original installer's disk image (QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg) is required.

    The current versions of MPEG Streamclip cannot take advantage of the built-in MPEG-2 functionality of Lion and Mountain Lion.

    For MPEG-2 files you still need to install the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, which is not preinstalled in Lion and Mountain Lion. 
You don't have to install QuickTime 7.

  • Marco_Polo Level 1 (15 points)

    Thanks, will follow up.