Getting Avid codecs on Intel Macs

Get Info windowWhen attempting to open a QuickTime movie encoded with the Avid codec for OS X, users are treated to the dreaded white screen of missing codec. Assuming you installed the codecs in the right place, HD –> Library –> QuickTime, the issue is that the codecs are not yet universal. If an application is universal it will launch as such, even if all its plug-ins aren’t. I assume I can get the Flip4Mac and the RealPlayer Safari plug-ins to work using the following work around as well.

The work around is to open QuickTime Player in Rosetta.

Click the application’s icon in the Finder, such as Safari’s [or QuickTime Player’s] icon.

  1. From the Finder File menu, choose Get Info (or press Command-I).
  2. Select the checkbox named “Open using Rosetta.”
  3. Close the Get Info window.
  4. Now, when you double-click the application, it will open with Rosetta, and any non-Universal plug-ins should work.

Once you’ve done this, the Avid codec encoded material will be available to other applications such as After Effects.

Full instructions are here. Thanks much to Wes Plate of Automatic Duck for pointing me in the right direction.

One Thought on “Getting Avid codecs on Intel Macs

  1. Scott Squires on September 27, 2006 at 12:39 am said:

    Actually a PowerPC app (AE, etc) should be able to view and manipulate the movies, even without setting up QuickTime player

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