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christina rule
Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Feb 11, 2011 at 2:21:07 pm

I recently purchased quicktime pro (Version 7.6.3) and I can't seem to find the sorenson codec. In other versions of quicktime I remember you had to enable the codec within Quicktime (Quicktime Preferences, Advanced, Show Legacy Codecs.) However when I go to the preferences I don't see the "advanced" tab anywhere. If anyone has any suggestions I'd appreciate it! Thanks in advance!

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Walter Soyka
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Feb 11, 2011 at 2:48:49 pm

On Mac OS X 10.6, this must be done on the command line. Open Terminal, then copy and paste:

qtdefaults write LegacyCodecsEnabled yes

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christina rule
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Feb 11, 2011 at 2:50:35 pm

Walter
Thank you so much! I would have never guessed that!

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Bob Sabiston
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Nov 1, 2011 at 7:42:46 pm

Does this work in Lion? I just tried it and have not recovered Sorenson, Motion JPEG A, or others that I like.

Do I need to do something else? I tried restarting.

Thanks
Bob


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Walter Soyka
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Nov 1, 2011 at 7:46:02 pm

Sorry, I'm not sure -- I haven't moved to Lion.

Anyone else?

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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Nov 1, 2011 at 8:03:03 pm

I ran the terminal command (as I had before) that walter mentions; Sorenson Pro (any version, as an encoder) doesn't show up in QuickTime 7 as an exportable setting from QuickTime 7 Player.

Meanwhile, I fired up compressor (4.0.1) and got nothing if I built an export setting for QuickTime.
BUT, if I dragged a movie into compressor's settings (which builds a preset), it built a preset with Sorenson 3. If I did it from scratch, nothing. So it seems it's purposely off (as it's an older legacy codec)

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Bob Sabiston
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Nov 1, 2011 at 8:08:50 pm

I think they are just doing what they can to kill off Sorenson in favor of h264. But Sorenson doesn't have h264's color weirdness where it's always washed-out. And Sorenson works better with programs that deal with quicktime files on a frame-by-frame basis, I've found.

Bob


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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Nov 1, 2011 at 8:11:04 pm

Both are fixable. h.264 is far more efficient in encoding.

Install x264. I'm assuming you're coming from FCP?

Second, bump the keyframe rate to around every 15 frames; that will get you a bit more responsiveness.

Best,

Jeff G

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Chris Fost
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Jun 18, 2012 at 10:00:29 pm

Just found this out there on the web after much digging and wanted to share:

"In OS X 10.7 Lion the codecs need to be enabled one by one. For Sorenson3 you type into Terminal: qtdefaults write LegacyVideoCodecs SorensonVideo3 enabled"

It worked for me, I can now export Sorenson 3 from QT Pro 7.6.6 and more importantly (for me), Avid.

Cheers,

Chris

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Jeff Greenberg
Re: Getting Quicktime Sorenson codec back
on Feb 11, 2011 at 3:12:29 pm

Just a footnote - if you don't own the "pro" version of the Sorenson Codec, you'll struggle with compression because there's no VBR choices without purchasing the pro version of the codec.

Best,

Jeff G

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