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QuickTime suckage

2009-08-27 15:19:34.421776+00 by Dan Lyke 5 comments

Dear QuickTime: If you can't play a simple MPEG 2 file, please don't steal the file association. Windows Media Player deals with this file just fine.

Sometimes I think the primary reason to run Linux is to avoid QuickTime and the hell that is iTunes, then I remember that Windows and the Microsoft versions are bad, just not as bad.

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#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-27 15:57:58.904221+00 by: JT

I usually end up my common file extensions to media player classic and setting WMP and QuickTime to not reclaim their lost extensions. Although there's no guarantees that it'll stay the next time QuickTime updates itself.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-27 19:42:22.37467+00 by: Dan Lyke

Yeah, in this case it's other people's machines that QT has grabbed the file extension for.

I'm also informed that MPEG 2 is not the universal standard I thought it was. It costs to license, apparently the Open Source folks either have a free license or ignore it, and I probably happened to luck out with some sort of bundled codec with my Windows machine.

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-27 20:22:13.265228+00 by: JT

If you're ever missing codecs on windows, there's a nice package that installs quite a few of them. You have to make sure to uncheck the "install dealio toolbar" a couple of times during the install, but it's nice at installing more codecs than you'll ever need.www.mediaplayercodecpack.com/

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-27 23:59:14.847914+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

Quicktime Alternative FTW

It'll play .MOV files in Windows Media Player, or in whatever player you want.

(Oh, and don't forget Real Alternative too.)

#Comment Re: made: 2009-08-28 01:55:44.790879+00 by: meuon

VideoLan aka VLC - If it won't play it, I probably don't want to see it anyway.