Download Codec for Mac - Best Software & Apps

  • Perian

    1.2.3

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Make QuickTime play almost any video format

    7
    236 votes
    • PROS: Support wide range of media files, Subtitle support for SSA and SRT, Works with QuickTime 7.6.6
    • CONS: May not play all media types, No longer under development, Does not work with QuickTime 10 or above
  • Movist

    0.6.8

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Mac

    Simple and powerful media player

    8
    90 votes
    • PROS: Lightweight and easy to use, Excellent playback quality, Encodes Quicktime and FFmpeg on the fly
    • CONS: Doesn't support Apple remote
  • XviD_codec

    0.5.1

    License
    free Download
    Platform
    Windows
    Mac

    QuickTime component to play and encode XviD files

    5
    26 votes
    • x264 QuickTime Codec

      1.2.15

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      H.264 support for Quicktime 6 or under

      5
      17 votes
      • PROS: Gives H264 support to older Quicktime versions
      • CONS: Quicktime 7 now has its own H.264 codec
    • UMPlayer

      0.95

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Play almost any audio or video file

      5
      38 votes
      • PROS: Lightweight and easy to use, Includes YouTube viewer, Compatible with most file formats
      • CONS: Nothing worth mentioning
    • QT AC3 Codec

      0.4

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      AC3 decompressor component for QuickTime

      6
      31 votes
      • PROS: Solves audio problems in AVIs
      • CONS: A little obsolete now
    • MediaInfo

      0.7.48

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Windows
      Mac

      Find out which codecs your videos need

      10
      2 votes
      • PROS: Easy to use, Very detailed readout, Offers 3 different views
      • CONS: No links to codecs that you need, Interface looks very Windows
    • 3ivx

      D4 4.5.1

      License
      free Download
      Platform
      Mac

      Popular MPEG-4 codec

      7
      12 votes
      • SheerVideo Reader

        2.8.0.7

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Mac

        Real time SheerVideo codec as used by NBC

        10
        1 vote
        • PROS: Works on the fly with lossless conversions, Suitable for a wide type of prosumer recording formats, Used by major network TV channel NBC
        • CONS: No way to configure the codec
      • SheerVideo

        HD Pro 2.8.0.10

        License
        buy Download
        Platform
        Windows
        Mac

        The perfect real-time video codec

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