In our guides on how to play flv videos on Mac OS X Lion, I talked about the using of Perian, which is a QuickTime addon that adds Quicktime support for a large number of media formats, including AVI, DivX, XviD, FLV and MKV. However, this popular Perian plug-in for extended media support will be discontinued.
The Perian project began over six years ago, and the plug-in has been a simple and straightforward way to add extensive media support to OS X without juggling multiple media players.
The developers said that they would support the last version of the app for 90 days. It would then be released to the open source community.
Starting 90 days after the final Perian release, we will no longer provide support. We’ll wrap up our loose ends, pack up our bags, and move on to new and exciting projects.
Here’s what our roadmap looks like:
We will soon release the final version of Perian, including all the fixes we’ve worked on since the last release. It may — or may not — work on 10.8. We will post the source code to either Google Code or Github.
It is sad that such an almost essential tool will be dying off and may not even be supported in OS X Mountain Lion, but I guess there always comes a time to move on to bigger and better things. On behalf of everyone at iFunia Studio, I wish Perian’s developers all the best in their future endeavors.
Users can of course download and install third party apps like VLC and Video Converter for Mac to get similar capabilities. Additionally, the Perian developers are promoting NicePlayer as an alternative.
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