Video Information Sites
- VideoHelp.com (VCD Help, DVD Help) This site contains extensive information about playing, converting and making your own video (DVDs, VCDs, SuperVCDs)
- Digital-digest.com Dedicated to digital video formats including DivX, DVD and DVDR/RW. Features the latest news, articles, downloads, and one of the largest digital video forums
- Andy McFadden’s CD-Recordable FAQ Answers to Frequently Asked Questions about Compact Disc Recordable technology (CD-R and CD-RW) for audio and video recording
- All about AVI on Mac (Mireth Technology)
- Playing AVI and DivX files (The XLab)
- All about Xvid on Mac (Mireth Technology)
- All about VCD (Video CD) on Mac and Windows (Mireth Technology)
- All about SVCD (Super VCD), XVCD, SXVCD on Mac (Mireth Technology)
- VCD and SVCD players (The X Lab)
- Russil Wvong Video CD FAQ
Video Components Explained
To play any video type, your Mac requires a video component (often called a codec) so that the player can recognize the video format. Fortunately, your Mac comes with many components already installed.Which component you need to install depends on which format you are trying to play, as well as on which version of the Operating System you’re running.
- Flip4Mac QuickTime component Required to play or convert WMV, required by some AVIs
- DivX Component Required to play DivX, XviD, required by some AVIs
- Perian Quicktime Component (Mac OS X 10.4 or later) Required to play or convert DivX, XviD, and most AVIs
- Apple’s Quicktime Components Page
- AC3Codec Required to play some AVI, DivX, Xvid. If the video plays, but there is no sound, it may contain AC3 audio, and you’ll need to install AC3Codec component to hear the sound
- 3ivx MPEG-4 component playback of most MP4, M4A, 3GP, MOV and AVI files with MPEG-4 Video and MPEG-4 AAC Audio.
If you don’t have the component you need, download it from a reputable site.
Warning: There’s a scam you should be aware of. Sometimes when you download and try to play an “Adult” video, your computer will warn you that you need a particular component and then ask you if you want to install it now. When you say “Yes”, it actually installs a trojan horse that causes your computer to behave in an unexpected manner. To avoid this, don’t install components from sites you don’t know. Which component you need to install depends on which format you are trying to play, as well as on which version of the Operating System you’re running.