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Perian is a free plug-in conversion tool that you can download and enables you to play .flv files in QuickTime Player and save them in basically any format you want.  Perian also converts other popular formats such as AVI, DIVX, MKV, GVI, VP6, and VFW.  It's a great tool to get QuickTime to play a lot of formats that usually you wouldn't be able to.  Perian also supports many different Video types such as:  MS-MPEG4 v1 & v2, DivX, 3ivx, H.264, Sorenson H.263, FLV/Sorenson Spark, FSV1, VP6, MPEG1 & MPEG2, HuffYUV, just to name a few.

To download the free plug-in, go to Perian's website, note the system requirements and follow the instructions for installation.

perian2.gifFor an example of how this conversion tool works, I'll use a .flv file.  Once you have the tool installed, simply right-click on the .flv file you want to play in QuickTime, and choose Open With > Perian-Open in QT Player

open_with_perian.gifIt's that easy!  For most users Perian Conversion Tool is the easiest way to get some of these types of files to play in QuickTime Player.  For professional editors who already have the means to play and convert these files, ie: Adobe Media Player, Perian makes it even easier, not to mention more preferable.


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