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How to Play AVI,FLV, MKV, GVI with QuickTime in Mac OS X


In Mac OS X if you want to burn an AVI movie to DVD with a separate subtitle file (like .srt) then you need to properly encode the movie and then mux the subtitles over it. It takes a long time you can save yourself a lot of time by installing the excellent Perian QuickTime plug-in. Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats. If you open a .avi (or .mkv for that matter) in QuickTime, Quick Look, or any other program that will call the Perian codec through QuickTime — and you have a subtitle file present in the same folder as the .avi file — you’ll see that Perian will show the subtitles automatically. You can also use this in Toast, etc. and burn an AVI with subtitles in one shot.

Hot Picture Perian enables QuickTime-based playback tools access to more file formats and codecs. The code is available under the LGPL like.

  • File formats: AVI, DIVX, FLV, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW
  • Video types: MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, Sorenson H.263, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, H263i, VP3, HuffYUV, FFVHuff, MPEG1 & MPEG2 Video, Fraps, Snow, NuppelVideo, Techsmith Screen Capture, DosBox Capture
  • Audio types: Windows Media Audio v1 & v2, Flash ADPCM, Xiph Vorbis (in Matroska), and MPEG Layer I & II Audio, True Audio, DTS Coherent Acoustics, Nellymoser ASAO
  • AVI support for: AAC, AC3 Audio, H.264, MPEG4, and VBR MP3
  • Subtitle support for SSA/ASS and SRT
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