[OS X TeX] Displaying a LaTeX beamer presentation

Bruno Voisin bvoisin at mac.com
Thu Oct 26 04:54:23 EDT 2006

Le 26 oct. 06 à 06:12, Jens Noeckel a écrit :

> On Oct 25, 2006, at 4:03 PM, Marcus Michalsky wrote:
>> Another Problem was Videos within the presentation.
>> It accepted only special codecs, don't really figured out
>> what was the problem...
> However, for videos, sounds and 3D graphics, Adobe Reader relies on  
> external media players, which are system specific. So I think these  
> kinds of failures can't be blamed on Adobe, but on the  
> incompleteness of the platform-dependent movie player.

So far the codecs I've found useful (setting apart stand-alone  
players such as VLC, MPlayer, Songbird, Democracy), either for music  
or video, for files or streams, are:

- For Windows Media: Flip4Mac Windows Media Components <http:// 

- For Real Media: RealPlayer <http://www.real.com/> (installs codecs  
and plugins upon first startup of the application).

- For DivX: DivX for Mac <http://www.divx.com/>

- For Ogg codecs (Vorbis, Theora, etc.): Xiph QuickTime Components  

- FOR AVI: Perian <http://perian.org/>

Some remarks though:

- I don't know whether the availibility of these codecs in OS X means  
Reader/Acrobat can use them.

- RealPlayer is imperialistic in the sense that it tries, upon  
startup, to become the default player for formats that QuickTime can  
perfectly play, such as (I think) RTSP and SDP. This can be corrected  
in the menu item "Help > Check Media Types".

- I'm not sure about any "superposition" between the various  
QuickTime components. In particular, Perian, the "swiss-army knife  
for QuickTime", "incorporating libavcodec and friends from the ffmpeg  
project along with code from the old FFusion component and  
AVIImporter.component", supports DivX. Does this mean it makes DivX  
for Mac superfluous?

Bruno Voisin

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