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When I was still on Windows XP, I used ffdshow to take care of all my video and audio codecs needs (with fully customizable subtitles). I did not need any other video player except Windows Media Player.

Is there an ffdshow equivalent for the Mac? The objective is the same: that I shouldn't have to install any other video player, not even VLC, or the trial-bloatware-ridden DivX. I'm on Snow Leopard.

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That should be 'perian':

Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats.

It uses code from ffmpeg, liba52, libmatroska. You can grab it from:

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Does it work by now for flv? I remember having issues with those. – Daniel Beck Dec 30 '10 at 10:56
for me it worked with – akira Dec 30 '10 at 11:00
Can subtitles be customized? Like font, size, etc. – Kit Dec 30 '10 at 12:10

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