On the Mac, QuickTime is a recognisable video application - it ships with every computer. On the web, QuickTime has become old news. Alternative encoding methods have become commonplace, offering smaller file sizes, leaving QuickTime way behind. Perian is an add-on for QuickTime that makes it compatible with a huge range of video file formats. That makes it much easier to watch a range of video content on the Mac: FLV, DivX, MPEG4 and so on. Instead of constantly hunting for codecs or players, QuickTime becomes the "Swiss Army knife" of video players - a phrase its developers are proud of.Once Perian is installed, users see far fewer popups about missing codecs. The content just plays as though it were a native QuickTime file. The only downside is that its support was phased out from QuickTime 10, and Perian is in the process of being put out to pasture.Other benefits include:
- Broad support for audio files.
- Subtitle support.
- Simple options and preferences.
- Intel and PPC compatible.
Grab Perian now before it disappears from the web for good.