Perian 1.1.1 Released

/ 29 September 2008

Normally I don’t report on any Software Updates other than those that come through Apple’s own Software Update feature, but Perian is an exception.

For those that don’t know, Perian is quite simply the most useful QuickTime extension package that exists for the Mac, and is free on top of it. It adds support for (if I counted right) 31 video codecs (not all are mentioned on their website, but all are mentioned in the Read Me) that QuickTime for some reason doesn’t natively support. It is controlled and distributed by/ as a preference pane. It has automatic updating software to update you, but best of all simply integrates with any QuickTime application (there are many, some you wouldn’t even think of) so the extra codecs look and feel like they’re native.

Earlier this afternoon the developer’s of Perian released Perian 1.1.1. Though just a x.x.1 update, this update wraps in many fixes. Those are as follows (from their support site):

H.264 in AVI fixed Some anamorphic AVI files are now supported Performance problems due to PIC fixed with Xcode 3.1 Incorrect frame skipping on H.264 intra frames fixed Better character set detection The update checker is now much more polite Several parsing and rendering bugs with subtitles fixed Player freezing while loading subtitles with embedded fonts fixed Audio fixed for some older MKV files with AAC/FLAC Strange values in MKV chapters or video sizes are handled better Initial support for SAMI subtitles added Worked around a QuickTime bug (#5770288) causing frames to be lost during export New codecs: DosBox ZMBV, VP6+Alpha, Nellymoser ASAO FFmpeg: Crashing on PPC G3 fixed Fraps decoding artifacts fixed

Regardless if you are a new or current user of Perian it is a great QuickTime extension. So, I suggest that every QuickTime user on a Mac installs this 1.1.1 update to Perian. Enjoy, Alex.