Perian and iTunes?

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Perian and iTunes?

Postby Mauri » Mon Jul 02, 2007 6:27 pm

Hi
Perian 1.0 works very well with QuickTime Player
but does somebody know why it doesn't work with iTunes?
iTunes also uses QuickTime, so I don't understand why I can't play my .flv videos for example.

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Postby gbooker » Mon Jul 02, 2007 8:55 pm

b/c iTunes is limiting itself to certain filetypes. It sees that you are trying to open a .flv file in it, and it says, "Hmm.. is flv one among this list that never changes and the user has no input on? No, ok, reject it."

Nothing perian nor anyone can do about it except modifying the iTunes binary itself.

Quicktime Player works because it has no such list. It only cares if Quicktime can read it, and that is all the list it needs.

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Postby Mauri » Tue Jul 03, 2007 2:30 pm

Ok, thanks, that is definitley not cool
Hope Apple will fix this one day.
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Postby The_Tick » Tue Jul 03, 2007 8:50 pm

I doubt they will.

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Postby Eiji » Wed Jul 11, 2007 1:26 pm

I made this account just to answer this question.

I had a similar question for about a year, how can you play movies that Quicktime can play, but iTunes will not. Wel, it appears it actually looks at the extension of the movie file, so here is a very dirty solution.

Put your movie anywhere you store your movies.
Open it up in Quicktime.
Go to File-> Save as...
Chose the second radio-button "Save as a refrence movie", put the file somewhere. It'll have the .mov extension
Now add that reference movie to iTunes.

And look, it's like magic! iTunes plays any file quicktime will play. You can use this method to add .avi, .wmv's etc. It's a bit expensive when you have 100+ movies (every reference movie is ±700KB), but hé, you can play all your favorite movies from within iTunes!

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Postby Mauri » Wed Jul 11, 2007 2:52 pm

hi Eiji
thank you for the tipp, that's very usefull! :)
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Postby zaudragon » Thu Jul 12, 2007 12:29 pm

You could always set the File Type to whatever that of a .mov is, which also tricks iTunes into thinking the file is a .mov. That way, the file retains its original extension, and doesn’t require another file.
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