Mac OS / QuickTime Player – Error Message – A required codec isn’t available
Using QuickTime, tried playing some AVI files on Mac OS X, but I keep getting this error message: A required codec isn’t available.
Clicking on the “Tell Me More” button, landed me @ http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3526?viewlocale=en_US
Which for my current purpose, which is to be able to play AVI files, states that I should try Telestream’s “Flip4Mac” or Divx’s Divx for Mac. Other web site’s suggests to try Perian (http://perian.org/).
Tried Flip4Mac, but no joy.
Next tried Divx’s. Worked well showing the video, but unable to hear Audio; as this message came up:
You may need an additional audio decoder to play the soundtrack of this file. This file contains a track in the Dolby AC3 Audio (code “8192”) format.
An earlier Googling had brought me this joy: Watching AVI Movies in Mac OS http://guides.macrumors.com/Watch_AVI_Movies_in_Mac_OS_X
The web page listed a couple of Codecs listed @ sourceforge.net
As qta3codec has native Mac OX bundle, chose to try it first.
To install the codec, follow the guideline available @ http://www.ehow.com/how_6405752_install-quicktime-codec-mac.html
- Open Finder
- Navigate to “Macintosh HD” \ Library \ QuickTime
- Copy the downloaded component “AC3 Codec.component” from your Downloads folder
- Restart the computer
You might have to authenticate. If so, just provide your username and password.
Once I followed the steps, I tried again to play the video via Divx Plus.
But, still no joy. And, all I really could mutter is what an opaque system.
It seems QuickTime does not ‘ve a built in Interface for reviewing which codecs are “in-play”.
So hear we go … restarting the system. Hopefully, on the other side, audio will show up ..
Upon reboot, still no joy. So what to lose … worked the install list and installed “Perian”.
Installing Perian finally brought joy.
BTW, Perian is no longer in active development. But, it really does work.