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jacke
11th October 2008, 09:36 AM
Hi guys,

I have had a MacBook for about 6 months and am wondering if I am using quicktime correctly.

For some movies, especially short clips, typically those circulated by email, the image quality is terrible.

I watch some clips on quicktime on the Mac and they are small and pixelated, however if I watch the same clip on media player on a PC the quality is better and I can watch full screen on a 40" LCD TV.

Am I using quicktime incorrectly, or is it just not very good?

Cheers, Jack

Wally
11th October 2008, 09:38 AM
the image quality is crap because of the codec / resolution and other stuff that was used to encode it

jacke
11th October 2008, 09:49 AM
So why would the image quality for the same video be fine on windoze media player?

PatrickH
11th October 2008, 09:58 AM
It does depend on the codec installed on your computer. Especially with WMV and AVI, I find that the codecs on Windows are more refined and natively supported, whenever I use my mac, I restort to using outdated, third party codecs and software to watch something which looses quality.

Try installing VLC (http://www.videolan.org/) on your computer and see how you go. Also, look for updates for the codecs/software you're using to watch the video.

elnewb
11th October 2008, 10:02 AM
Take a screenshot for us playing the same file on your mac and pc. I want to see the difference.

jacke
11th October 2008, 10:02 PM
Try installing VLC (http://www.videolan.org/) on your computer and see how you go. Also, look for updates for the codecs/software you're using to watch the video.
Thanks, I will try vlc, how do I know which codecs are being used, and how do I update them?

jacke
11th October 2008, 10:03 PM
Take a screenshot for us playing the same file on your mac and pc. I want to see the difference.
I will try to do so next time I watch something.

I only have 1 useable arm at the moment so don't hold your breath!

PatrickH
12th October 2008, 04:04 PM
Thanks, I will try vlc, how do I know which codecs are being used, and how do I update them?

There's a codec pack here:

Perian - The swiss-army knife of QuickTime components (http://perian.org/)

jacke
12th October 2008, 05:11 PM
Thank you:thumbup: