Turn QuickTime Player into a Free DivX Player for Mac

Nov 28, 2010 - Leave a Comment

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Your Mac includes a pretty good video player called QuickTime Player, but by default QuickTime won’t play some of the more unique codecs like DivX. You can enable full DivX support by downloading a free QuickTime Player plugin called Perian.

Using QuickTime as a Free DiVX Player on the Mac

Here’s how to get QuickTime to play DivX video:

  • Quick out of QuickTime Player (if it’s open)
  • Download Perian from here (it’s free)
  • Install Perian by double clicking on “Perian.prefPane”
  • Relaunch QuickTime Player, it now has DivX codec support

The DivX video should now play trouble free within QuickTime Player.

Downloading and installing something like Perian to play DivX has several advantages, one it’s completely free, and two, Perian supports tons of other video formats, so you are unlikely to encounter any issues when watching movies on your Mac again. The other great thing about Perian is that it doubles as a video conversion utility, which lets you do things like convert an AVI to MOV amongst other formats.

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Posted by: Manish Patel in Mac OS X, Tips & Tricks

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