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Perian is [mostly] OS X Lion compatible

1 August 2011 16,909 views 10 Comments

There are a number of issues affecting Perian, a popular and versatile QuickTime + OS X add-on for audio, video and subtitle playback. However, on the whole it works well for this user. However, it only works as well as the specific features that you need — get more details inside.

The Perian Project has released Perian 1.2.3 (version history), which is a housecleaning dot-fix that unfortunately doesn’t directly address the issue of OS X Lion compatibility:

• Some Fraps videos only displayed black
• Workaround checks for Front Row stopped being effective
• Fixed compatibility with web video playback
• Worked around System Preferences crashing during an update under Snow Leopard
• Further fixes to Matroska import.

See also: Perian calling it quits after final update

However, Perian is functional under OS X 10.7, though there are issues. Specifically, a quick check of the Perian cocoaforge forum reveals that XVID AAC 3 audio, QuickTime subtitle playback and MKV import issues have been reported by users.

The interesting twist is that some of the reported problems, such as subtitling, can be worked around by using QuickTime 7, which is part of the OS X Lion install — obviously Apple’s still working through issues, as well.

How is Perian functioning for you under OS X Lion? Sound off in the comments below…

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