Perian, a free and open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats, has been updated to version 1.2.2. It brings, for the first time ever, support for the Google-promoted WebM open video format and VP8 media container – outside the confines of the Chrome browser which supports these formats out-of-the-box.
Here’s the original changelog (lacking bug fixes and other notes discussed further below):
· Added WebM/VP8 support
· Added support for compressed MKV tracks, as generated by newer versions of mkvtoolnix
· Added FFv1 lossless video support
· Added an internal decoder for Theora, fixing compatibility problems with XiphQT.
In addition to fixing various issues with formats already supported by Perian, the new release is notably the last one to support Macintosh computers based on the PowerPC CPU architecture.
For now, the minimum system requirements still call for Mac OS X 10.4.7 (Tiger) or higher.
As a PrefPane app, Perian can be easily installed by just downloading the disk image from the link below and double clicking its icon. From there on, just follow the on-screen instructions and Perian will be installed in seconds.
Perian is a 3.7 MB download and can be used by anyone completely free of charge.
Removing Perian from your system is even easier. Simply access it from System Preferences and select “Remove Perian” from the General tab.
Download Perian for Mac OS X (Free)