Apple has detailed it clearly on its official site that QuickTime will attempt to open files with file extensions associated with audio or video formats listed as below:
QuickTime Movie (.mov), MPEG-4 (.mp4, .m4v), MPEG-1, 3GPP, 3GPP2, AVI, DV
iTunes Audio (.m4a, .m4b, .m4p), MP3, Core Audio (.caf), AIFF, AU, SD2, WAV, SND, AMR
More than that, QuickTime can play movies using the following codecs:
MPEG-4 (Part 2), H.264, H.263, H.261, Apple ProRes, Apple Pixlet, Animation, Cinepak, Component Video, DV, DVC Pro, Graphics, Motion JPEG, Photo JPEG, Sorenson Video 2, Sorenson Video 3
AAC (MPEG-4 Audio), HE-AAC, Apple Lossless, MP3, AMR Narrowband, MS ADPCM, QDesign Music 2, Qualcomm PureVoice (QCELP), IMA 4:1, MACE 3:1, MACE 6:1, ALaw 2:1, ULaw 2:1, 24-Bit Integer, 32-Bit Integer, 32-Bit Floating Point, 64-Bit Floating Point
Obviously, Blu-ray (.m2ts) and DVD (.vob) are out of the above mentioned range. Even though you purchase QuickTime MPEG-2 Playback Component from online Apple Store and install it on your Mac, it is still unable to play commercial DVDs (such as Hollywood movies), because they are usually encrypted with special CSS anti-piracy technology, not to mention the much more strictly protected Blu-ray movies. However, that doesn’t means you are totally banned to watch Blu-ray and DVD movies in QuickTime. Actually, an available Blu-ray and DVD ripper for Mac will definitely do you a favor to rip the movies to a Mac QuickTime Player compatible format. Go to find a step-by-step tutorial about how to convert Blu-ray and DVD movies to Mac QuickTime Player supported format.
The decryption software we recommended is Pavtube Blu-Ray DVD Ripper for Mac. It is an independent and professional utility to rip both Blu-ray discs and general DVDs to your wanted HD or SD media formats. See the detailed tutorial as below.
Step 1: Free download, install and launch this blue ray ripper Mac.
Once you run it, click "BD/DVD Folder" or "IFO File" to load your BD or DVD files.
Step 2: Select H.264 Video (*.mp4) as output format for QuickTime
Follow "Common Video" > "H.264 Video (*.mp4)":
Step 3: Click "Settings" button to adjust video and audio parameters
Notice that which parameter to select has close relationship with the hardware configurations of your computer, so before your adjustment, read the following info attentively.
To play HD video, a large amount of data must be processed by your computer. A powerful system will deliver the best playback quality.
Recommended hardware configurations for H.264 HD playback on Macintosh:
For 1280x720 (720p) video at 24-30 frames per second:
1.8 GHz PowerMac G5 or 1.83 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster Macintosh computer
At least 256MB of RAM
64 MB or greater video card
For 1920x1080 (1080p) video at 24 frames per second:
Dual 2.0 GHz PowerMac G5 or 2.0 GHz Intel Core Duo or faster
Macintosh computerAt least 512MB of RAM
128MB or greater video card
- Now you are ready to set advanced settings according to the hardware configurations of your computer. Our computer satisfies the above mentioned "1280x720 (720p) video at 24-30 frames per second", so we changed the settings as below:
Step 4: Click "Convert" button to start Mac Blu-ray ripping.
Once the ripping task is completed, you can click "Open" button to get the output H.264 .mp4 videos for your QuickTime Player effortlessly. Have fun.
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