QuickTime: Is It the Only Solution?
Well, the short answer to this question is no, not by itself. The MPEG-2 component that allows you to view, edit and incorporate MPG2 into your videos is actually part of a separate program: the QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component for Mac OS X. It’s not part of the iMovie bundle, and generally Macs just don’t support the format.
You basically have to purchase a license to add MPEG-2 to Apple iMovie. And, after spending close to $2,000 on iMovie, many people find this very frustrating since they feel like it should be part of the bundle. But, it’s not. So, you either have to suck it up and not use MPEG-2 data. Or, you have to buy QuickTime component, which costs about another $30. And, this component is solely for viewing and importing MPEG-2 data. It does nothing else.
If you have dealt with Apple products, then you know that many of their products don’t have support for common formats. For example, you can’t watch Flash videos on either the iPad or iPhone without a plug-in.
In comparison, Windows systems already have a free encoding program for MPEG-2 data. If they don’t, then you can download free apps like MPEG Streamclip to do this.