Re: [rumori] Macintosh: DVD question

From: Simon Dorfman (
Date: Fri Jun 01 2001 - 21:17:59 PDT

At 11:29 PM 5/31/01 -0400, you wrote:
>I have a rather extensive webpage dedicated to
playing these
>on various platforms because of the movie archives
>mentioned here....aren't those MPEG2 files they list

Yes, thanks for your help. But I've checked that out
already. I sent a private message to kevin because I
saw him write that he worked for a DVD authoring
company. But maybe I should have posted me question
to the whole list... Here it is:

I am working on a project using found footage. There
is an extensive collection of films available at: that I have been using.
I have been downloading .mpg files and converting them
to DV with Cleaner 5 (used to be called "Media Cleaner
Pro"). But what I would like to be able to do is watch
the original .mpg files on my mac without having to
convert them. This would save a lot of time to preview

The instructions on the above mentioned web site say:
"To play an MPEG-2 (.mpg) movie, install Elecard's
MPEG-2 video decoder shareware. Play the movie with a
player such as Windows Media Player."

This solution only works for Windows OS machines. I
want to view the MPEGs on my Mac because my Windows PC
is too old and slow to play MPEGs. The only solution I
can think of is to get Virtual PC for my Mac and
install this shareware MPEG-2 decoder onto Windows 98
on my Mac and try running it that way. But that's a
rather expensive option and I don't think it would
work all that well because it probably wouldn't run
fast enough.

The other thing I'd like to be able to do is burn the
MPEGs on so called "cDVD", that is a recordable cd
burned with DVD info which can be read in a DVD
player. I have read a little about this, but I don't
know exactly how it works. I imagine that since the
files I am downloading are already MPEG-2 (isn't that
what DVD's are?) I should be able to just throw them
into a DVD authoring program like Apple's iDVD and
then burn it to CD.

I hope some of you more experienced with this can help
me. My questions are:

1. How can one play MPEG-2 files on a mac? (I had
hoped there would be a codec that I could install that
would let Quicktime play them, but I haven't been able
to find anything. And I heard that Apple was having
legal trouble coming to an agreement with MPEG that
would allow Quicktime to play MPEG.)

2. How can one burn these MPEG-2 files to a cDVD? If I
buy iDVD, will it work?

Thank you very much for any help.
Simon Dorfman

>At 07:58 PM 5/31/2001 -0700, you wrote:
>> >in any case, as far as Mac playing MPEG-2 files -
>> >of us know how this can be done.
>>How about with Media Cleaner? This is how I made
MPEG-2's once.
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