MPEG Video Playback

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I'm curious as to why the Mac seems to have a problem with playing back certain MPEG videos. It's not a problem where the Mac just cannot playback the MPEG, it's more a matter of the Mac seeming incapble of playing back the entire MPEG.

For example, I have several MPEG video files that are more than ten minutes in duration but the Mac, with Quicktime 6, will only play about the first minute of the video.

Initially, I thought that maybe the MPEGs were corrupted or that they were not encoded properly, but they play just fine on a PC under Windows.

Could it be that Windows is a better platform for folks interested in doing things with video? Please, someone tell me it isn't so...

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No one else has experienced

No one else has experienced this anomaly on their Macs? Hmmm...

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it's most likely

that the codec on the video is reporting the time is different that what it it. I have the problem too. But when i probe, i see that the refernce time is different than what it should be. I think it might be a glitch in the way it is encoded. I think windows just handles it differently with the tag

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Maybe you should try VLC? I

Maybe you should try VLC? I find that it plays back video better than Quicktime.

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I was going to try VLC but

I was going to try VLC but I'm not yet running OS X. I don't yet have a Mac that will run fast enough to do a decent job with OS X.

I expect I'll have remedied that problem by year's end or first quarter 2006.

In the meantime I guess I'll just have to do my video stuff in Windows when I can't do it in Mac OS 9.

Thanks.

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slow computer.

I was going to try VLC but I'm not yet running OS X. I don't yet have a Mac that will run fast enough to do a decent job with OS X

If your machine can't run os x, then it probably doesn't have a video card with an mpeg decoder builtin, and if the processor isn't fast enough to do the decoding, there you go. Next time post the specs of your machine!

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Actually, my machine can run

Actually, my machine can run OS X. It just doesn't run OS X for a couple of reasons: I bout my machine barebones and I'm still building it (need more RAM), and I currently don't own a copy of OS X.

I suppose I could get OS X and install it, but I'd be Virtual Memory city and performance would be pokey at best.

Sidebar: The "Pokey" chip was a sound chip on the Atari 8-bit computers. FYI.

Anyway, the problem is with certain MPEG videos only. The majority of MPEG encoded files playback without a hitch.