More media formats in QuickTime

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NeoOffice uses QuickTime to play sound and video in documents and presentations. QuickTime has native support for a large number of media formats, but a number of free components exist that allow you to play many more popular formats on your Mac.

These include:

  • Flip4Mac have developed a set of free components to allow the playback of the Windows Media Audio (v7-v9), Windows Media Video (v7-v9 and unprotected VC-1) and MS-MPEG4 media formats, and the AVI, ASF and ASX container formats. Exporting to Window Media formats requires an extended, non-free version of these components.
  • The Foundation has developed a free and open source component to allow playback and (with some limitations) exporting of the Vorbis, Theora and FLAC media formats, and the OGG container format.
  • Perian have developed a free and open source component to allow the playback of the DivX, Xvid, MPEG1, MPEG2 (DVD), Flash Video (FLV) and other media formats, SSA and SRT subtitle formats, and the AVI, Matroska (MKV) and FLV container formats.

Installing all three components is free and should enable NeoOffice to play the bulk of the media available.

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