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10 November, 2011

still prefer Sorenson Video 3 (video codec)?


Still prefer Sorenson Video 3 codec?

Since QuickTime Pro 7.4, many user found themselves can't encode with Sorenson Video 3 any more. Well, it is still available, but it became “legacy”, and bye default it won't be shown. The solution was easy, under System Preferences, QuickTime, Advanced, select Show Legacy Codecs. Simple.

Well, that was until Mac OS X 10.5.x Leopard. Since Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Apple introduced QuickTime X.

In Snow Leopard, the QuickTime option is no longer available under System Preferences, which translates users cannot enable Show Legacy Codecs easily. Still, there are people wanting to encode in Sorenson Video 3. I sometimes prefer Soreson Video 3 to H.264 for some certain works.

So, in Snow Leopard, you can enable Legacy Codecs by typing following in Terminal:
qtdefaults write LegacyCodecsEnabled yes

Apart from the Sorenson Video 3 (and Sorenson Video) codecs, you will also enable following Legacy Codecs:
BMP, Cinepak, Component Video, Graphics, H.261, H.263, Planar RGB, Sorenson Video, Sorenson Video 3, TGA, TIFF, Video

Apart from Sorenson Video 3 codec (due to some historical reasons), I highly doubt any other Legacy Codecs would had any popularity. Of course, the video codec is moving to H.264.

On OS X Lion 10.7? I don't know yet.

Posted by Antony on 10 November 2011 8:39 AM |

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Posted by Rev.Dr.Wu Yi on 10 November 2011 10:07 AM.
In OS X 10.7 Lion the codecs need to be enabled one by one. For Sorenson3 you type into Terminal: qtdefaults write LegacyVideoCodecs SorensonVideo3 enabled
Posted by on 9 April 2012 6:12 AM.
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