Linked by John Yanosko on Wed 26th Jan 2005 21:24 UTC
Apple The following is the experience of a user of Linux for the desktop who got a Mac Mini. Is he making the switch?
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RE: Apple MPEG-2 Comment (was: pan)
by Anonymous on Thu 27th Jan 2005 01:25 UTC

Oh, and I wish idvd would work with my mpeg2 videos from my windows days. I can use quicktime to repackage them as qt. idvd shows them in its tray, idvd plays them in its tray, but idvd says unsupported format when I try to add it. Everything I have read says I have to transcode the mpeg2 to quicktime (sorenson?) for idvd to use it. Then idvd will transcode it again to mpeg2 to put it on the dvd. LAME If quicktime can play it idvd should be able to read it. I have not tried idvd5 yet so I an hoping they have fixed this as part of adding mpeg4 support.

Not sure if this will help or not, but at they offer a plug-in for playing and importing MPEG-2 formatted clips. It's apparently patent protected by someone other than Apple, so they don't add it to the cost of the machine for everyone, just those who need it. I believe it costs around $20. It's only for import, not for export.