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Friday, December 05, 2008

No Audio or Video playback on your Mac?

You downloaded that file of remote control bulldozer pit fighters in Croatia that won't play on your Mac?

Or like me, you wasted a disc to find that it had no audio because the computer couldn't decode it.

I was missing the A52 codec.

The page to download it from the author was bjorken. So, if you have the same sort of problem, download Perian from Perian.org.

It will install a plethora of codecs for you, including the pesky A52.

If you have a similar problem of finding out what's missing, try VLC from http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

Using VLC, you can find out what the streams are from one of the menu options after you load the video you are having problems with. (The precise one escapes me for the moment) and it will tell you something like 'DivX', 'A52', and more.

If you only want to play the video, then VLC works on just about everything without having to install a codec.

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