The Mac and Video Codecs
So I got a new Mac G5, it looks pretty cool and is designed to replace the cable madness sprouting in all directions from our current windows PC (a Dell). All the things you may have heard about the Mac is true, its incredibly stylish and with the wireless mouse and keyboard (I already have a wireless lan), the only cable protruding is the power cable so chalk one up for Apple.
Now I use a JVC Everio MC200 for home video.This is a tapeless video recorder with a hard-disk that creates these funky .MOD files (MPEG-4?). The recorder comes with its own editing and management software (Power Director) but I don’t do much more than dump the content to disk at the moment. On Windows I just asked Windows Media Player to try and read the files and bingo, up comes the whole thing with no issues. It then mapped the .mod extension to Windows Media Player and ever since then I upload and away we go.
Now on the Mac it just plain don’t work. After a little digging I discovered that with the Quicktime Pro upgrade I might be able to look at them. I bought this (~ â‚¬40) only to discover I had to shell out an additional â‚¬20 to get the MPEG-4 codec. Even with this I still can’t hear the damn video. I then tried ffmpegx, a free download. It can create a format that Quicktime understands but I appear to have lost some resolution.
Now I’m new to the mac so I could just be having a bad attack of neophytes syndrome, but I don’t think so. Smells more like corporate gouging
to me and sloppy compatibility to me.