MPEG Streamclip video converter
for Mac OS X
MPEG Streamclip is a powerful high-quality video
converter, player, editor for MPEG, QuickTime, transport streams, iPod.
And now it is a DivX editor and encoding machine, and even a stream
and YouTube downloader.
You can use MPEG Streamclip to: open most movie formats
files or transport streams; play them at full screen; edit them with
Cut, Copy, Paste, and Trim; set In/Out points and convert them into
muxed or demuxed files, or export them to QuickTime, AVI, DV and MPEG-4
files with more than professional quality, so you can easily import
them in Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Toast 6, 7, 8, and use them with
many other applications or devices.
Supported input formats: MPEG, VOB, PS, M2P, MOD,
VRO, DAT, MOV, DV, AVI, MP4, TS, M2T,
MMV, REC, VID, AUD, AVR, VDR, PVR, TP0, TOD, M2V, M1V, MPV, AIFF, M1A,
MPA, AC3, ...
Free download, Mac OS X version
This version is not compatible
: if you want to download movies from YouTube,
please use the beta version below.
To install MPEG Streamclip, simply drag it into your Applications
A complete user's guide is included in the application. You can read it
with the Help menu.
changes (click to show)
- new option to add a textual watermark
- choice of format for YouTube videos (MP4 or FLV)
- fixed compatibility with Google Video and Yahoo! Video
- added video playback and download from Veoh
- fixed a sound problem with some DivX movies
- fixed compatibility with Perian 1.1
Lion/Mountain Lion and MPEG-2 Playback Component
The installer of the MPEG-2 Playback
Component may refuse to install the component in Lion and Mountain Lion. Apple states the
component is unnecessary in Lion and Mountain Lion, however MPEG Streamclip still needs
To install the component in Lion or Mountain Lion, please download MPEG Streamclip 1.9.3b8 beta
above; inside the disk image you will find the Utility MPEG2
Component M. Lion: use it to install the MPEG-2 Playback Component in
Lion or Mountain Lion. The
original installer's disk image (QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg) is required.
The current versions of MPEG Streamclip cannot take advantage of the
built-in MPEG-2 functionality of Lion and Mountain Lion. For MPEG-2 files you still need
to install the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component, which is not preinstalled in Lion and Mountain Lion. You don't
have to install QuickTime 7.
Also read the information for Snow Leopard below.
Snow Leopard and MPEG-2 Playback Component
The Snow Leopard upgrade DVD released on August 28, 2009 may wipe the
the /System/Library/QuickTime folder during the upgrade process, and
delete your MPEG-2 Playback Component installed in that folder.
To use MPEG-2 files with MPEG Streamclip you have to reinstall the
MPEG-2 component or restore it from a backup copy.
If you are going to upgrade to Snow
Open the /System/Library/QuickTime folder and drag the
QuickTimeMPEG2.component file to your desktop to make a copy of it.
Then upgrade to Snow Leopard. When the upgrade is complete, open the
/System/Library/QuickTime folder again and move the
QuickTimeMPEG2.component file from the desktop to the
/System/Library/QuickTime folder (enter your administrator password if
If you already upgraded to Snow Leopard
You have to reinstall or restore your MPEG-2 Playback Component.
If you have a Time Machine backup of your System folder, then open the
/System/Library/QuickTime folder, enter Time Machine and go back in
time until you see the QuickTimeMPEG2.component file; select that file
and then click Restore.
If you purchased the MPEG-2 Playback Component from the Apple Online
Store, then you probably still have the DMG file that contains the
installer. Use Spotlight to search for "QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg": if you
find a file with that name, double-click it and then in the disk image,
double-click the installer package for Intel Macs.
If you purchased the MPEG-2 Playback Component from the Apple Online
Store but you can't find the QuickTimeMPEG2.dmg file, you can download
the file again from the Apple Online Store if you remember the Apple ID
used when you originally purchased it (if you forgot your Apple ID then
go to Apple iforgot
the Apple Online Store, click on "Account" in the
store menu, then click "Downloadable Software Purchases," enter your
Apple ID and password, and click the link to the QuickTime MPEG-2
Playback Component to download it again.
If you obtained the MPEG-2 Playback Component from the installation of
Final Cut Studio, then you can reinstall it again from the Final Cut
Studio DVD. Insert the DVD and use the Finder's Go menu > Go To
Folder... command to get to the /Volumes/Final Cut
inside the DVD. Locate the QuickTimeMPEG2.pkg or the
QuickTimeMPEG2Pro.pkg installer: double-click it to reinstall the
This free software requires at least Mac OS X 10.2 (Jaguar) and
QuickTime 6. It is also compatible with Mac OS X 10.3.x (Panther), Mac
OS X 10.4.x (Tiger), Mac OS X 10.5.x (Leopard), Mac OS X 10.6.x (Snow
Leopard), OS X Lion, OS X Mountain Lion, and QuickTime 7. It
works with PowerPC and Intel
For MPEG-2 playback and conversion, you need the QuickTime MPEG-2
Playback Component. You can buy it from Apple
If you have either Final Cut Pro or
DVD Studio Pro, then the component is already installed and you don't
have to buy it; but you may need to download the latest version from
If you bought an older
version of the component, you can update it to the latest version
Note that the MPEG-2 component
is neither required nor useful for MPEG-1 or MPEG-4 files. But it is
required for VOB files and transport streams, because they are MPEG-2
For DivX playback and editing, you have to install DivX (www.divx.com/divx/mac
You can also install another codec like 3ivx (www.3ivx.com
but only with DivX 6.5 and later (or DivX 5.2.1) you can
encode DivX files with MP3
For FLV playback and export, you can download and install Perian (www.perian.org
For WMV playback, you can install Flip4Mac WMV
If you also need to export WMV files to another format you have to buy
Flip4Mac WMV Player Pro.
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR WMV EXPORT: if you want to export to WMV with Export
to Other Formats, the free Flip4Mac
WMV Player stops at 30 seconds; for full length export you have to buy
Flip4Mac WMV Studio (www.flip4mac.com/wmv_studio.htm
MPEG Streamclip lets you play and edit QuickTime, DV, AVI, MPEG-4,
MPEG-1; MPEG-2 or VOB files or transport streams with MPEG, PCM, or AC3
audio (MPEG-2 playback component required); DivX (with DivX 6) and
WMV (with Flip4Mac WMV Player). MPEG Streamclip can export all these
formats to QuickTime, DV/DV50, AVI/DivX and MPEG-4 with high quality
encoding and even uncompressed or HD video.
Video conversion is performed in the YUV color space; you can choose to
scale video to any frame size using a professional 2D-FIR scaler
(better than bicubic) but you can also leave it unscaled. Other
optional video processing features include a powerful motion-adaptive
deinterlacer, a field dominance converter, a chroma reinterlacer and an
option to perform interlaced scaling instead of progressive scaling.
Audio can be converted to uncompressed or to IMA, AAC, MP2 or AMR using
the high-quality MP1/MP2/AC3/PCM built-in decoders of MPEG Streamclip;
it is also kept in perfect sync with video using a timekeeping system.
MPEG Streamclip can save edited movies as MOV files, and (when
possible) as AVI or MP4 files. Edited MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 files are saved
as MPEG or TS files.
MPEG Streamclip (with or without the MPEG-2 Playback Component) can
also convert MPEG-2 transport streams into muxed MPEG-2 files, for
immediate burning at full quality with Toast 6 or 7 and Sizzle; it can
also demux MPEG-1 and MPEG-2 files and transport streams with MPEG,
AC3, PCM audio to M2V and AIFF (or M1A or AC3) files, for immediate
burning at full quality with DVD Studio Pro or Toast 6 and 7. A special
demuxing option is available for Final Cut Pro 4/5: this application
does not work well with M2V files, but MPEG Streamclip can write a
special "unscaled" M2V file that preserves full video quality when
imported into Final Cut Pro.
MPEG Streamclip can handle files and streams larger than 4 GB, split in
any number of segments, or with multiple audio tracks, and can also
optionally handle timecode breaks. It is compatible with MPEG-1 and
MPEG-2 video, MPEG layer 1/2 (MP1/MP2) audio, AC3/A52 audio, and PCM
The player included in MPEG Streamclip lets you preview the files and
transport streams before doing the conversion; it also lets you
visually set the In and Out points for the conversion so you can
convert just the part of the file you are interested in, and also cut
commercials and other unwanted parts, or edit the stream and join two
streams with Cut/Copy/Paste.
MPEG Streamclip supports batch processing: just drag some files in the
batch list, choose a conversion and a folder, click the Go button and
MPEG Streamclip will automatically convert all your files.
MPEG Streamclip supports the DreamBox DM7000/DM5620/DM500 and the
and the Topfield
families of DVB set-top boxes (all digital satellite receivers, except
the TF5000PVRt which is terrestrial and supports DVB-T); two powerful
connection tools for these devices have been developed and included in
MPEG Streamclip. You'll no longer need to use FTP, mount SMB disks, or
use MacTF to download and upload files: MPEG Streamclip does this for
you. For the Topfield, you can even upload TAP files (you can find TAPs
And for the DreamBox DM7000, there is also a
multiboot tool that lets you install firmware images in an external USB
MPEG Streamclip is also compatible with most MPEG-2 devices that use
program or transport stream files, including FireWire MPEG-2 devices
like Sony IP7/MicroMV, Sony HDR-FX1 (www.sony.com
and JVC GR-HD1
recorders; FireWire/Ethernet/USB set-top boxes or digital video
recorders, like EyeTV (www.elgato.com
ReplayTV, the Samsung SIR-T16,
the Humax PVR-8000, the Homecast, the Technisat S2 and the Siemens M740
AV; USB cameras like Panasonic SV-AV100, Sony T1 and JVC Everio
camcorders like Panasonic VDR-M70 and Hitachi
DZ-MV230. MPEG Streamclip is also compatible with most DVD recorders,
since it can open and convert unencrypted VOB or VRO files, and
supports AC3 audio.
You can import transport stream files from FireWire MPEG-2 devices
using DVHSCap or VirtualDVHS, two free applications available from
Apple as part of the FireWire SDK 20
NOTE: the latest FireWire SDK is not publicly available, please scroll
down the list until you find the FireWire SDK 20, or click this direct
download link from Apple: FireWire
. Install the package and you will find DVHSCap and
VirtualDVHS in /Developer/FireWireSDK20/Applications/.
MPEG Streamclip is compatible with iMovie 3, 4, 5, 6. If you want to
how to use MPEG Streamclip with iMovie, you can look at Matti Haveri's
"SVCD on a Macintosh"
In the same page
you will also find: how to extract MPEG files from a VCD or SVCD; how
to extract a frame from a DVD; and many more MPEG facts.
French users will find useful information in the Mac-Vidéo
adesir, the forum administrator, is the French
translator of MPEG Streamclip.