: How to play flash movies for Quicktime?


mamaly
Oct 22nd, 2009, 05:01 AM
I've got many funny flash movies, can they play in Quicktime? and how?:confused:

chas_m
Oct 22nd, 2009, 06:05 AM
I've got many funny flash movies, can they play in Quicktime? and how?:confused:

Quicktime X (included with Snow Leopard) will play flv movies as you would expect.

If you are on an earlier system version, I'd suggest downloading the free VLC player and letting that handle the FLV files.

If you'd like to convert them to play on iTunes/iPod/iPhone, I'd suggest downloading the free "Film Redux" or "PunyVid" programs, which are basically makeovers of the discontinued "VisualHub" and "iSquint" programs that are now discontinued. They can handle most file types and turn them into M4V, apple's preferred format for video.

mamaly
Oct 22nd, 2009, 08:22 AM
Hi,chas_m, thanks very much. but quicktime supports flv? I thougt It suppoted mov. I'm confused now.

chas_m
Oct 22nd, 2009, 08:36 AM
Hi,chas_m, thanks very much. but quicktime supports flv? I thougt It suppoted mov. I'm confused now.

QuickTime has a native format, which is .mov, but it has always supported other formats, though the range was kind of limited.

The new QuickTime X, as included with Snow Leopard, seems to need very little help understanding the major standards of the Mac and PC worlds; it will play most AVI files, WMV files and FLV files without special assistance.

However, AVI (like MOV) is really just a "container" for many different types of codecs, not all supported, so I still recommend adding the (free) Flip4Mac Player (http://www.microsoft.com/windows/windowsmedia/player/wmcomponents.mspx) (allows almost ANY wmv file, no matter how funky, to play), Perian (http://www.perian.org/) (extends QuickTime's support to most of the other oddball formats, like MKV) and VLC Player (http://www.videolan.org/vlc/download-macosx.html) (which, together with the aforementioned, seems to play darn near anything and makes a good "alternative" player). All completely free of charge.

Macified
Oct 22nd, 2009, 09:52 AM
If you aren't on Snow Leopard, download Perian. It will add what you need.

I have also added Sapphire to Front Row and can navigate/play a folder of flv files that way. Great when using the big screen.

ertman
Oct 22nd, 2009, 10:35 AM
I also found out recently that Handbrake can also convert flv.

I has having problems with punyvid/film redux not working on my macbook, it would stall when preparing, but the program was still responsive.

Chealion
Oct 22nd, 2009, 12:41 PM
chas_m - QuickTime on Snow Leopard still requires Perian to playback FLV and most AVI files. (eg. Xvid, etc.) It's not much different than Leopard in that respect. WMV files still require Flip4Mac to be installed.

chas_m
Oct 23rd, 2009, 02:50 AM
chas_m - QuickTime on Snow Leopard still requires Perian to playback FLV and most AVI files. (eg. Xvid, etc.) It's not much different than Leopard in that respect. WMV files still require Flip4Mac to be installed.

I stand corrected on that point, I didn't think the QTX player used these components and thought only QT7 needed them, thus why I said what I said.

Thanks for letting us know!