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Old December 16th, 2003, 06:09 PM   #1
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MPEG-2 time bomb

http://discussions.info.apple.com/We...aV.3@.599dc122
This seems to be affecting my ability to use converted transport streams in Quicktime and FCP.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 07:44 PM   #2
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Wild...A time bomb, so to speak...Glitch? Something else? Something timed to stop the software from working.

Thanks for the heads up!

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Old December 16th, 2003, 07:51 PM   #3
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This was covered last night here. Set your clock back a couple of days.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:16 PM   #4
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I wish I had read that last night! I downgraded to 6.3 then back to 6.4 and the clock solution isn't working.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:32 PM   #5
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You may need to reinstall the MPEG 2 component. By installing and uninstalling QT you seem to have broken the MPEG 2 component. You might try repairing permissions
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:35 PM   #6
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Just reinstall 6.3 it only effects play back in 6.4

Macfixit.com

If you want to keep 6.4 the following from Apple

http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=93407

OPPPSSS on Apple they pulled down the reinstall to 6.3. It seems this was to close the loophole that many have pirated the software and so they had a killjoy switch installed.

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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:43 PM   #7
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QT6.3 still needs to have the date set back. I don't use 6.4 and I still had the problem.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:45 PM   #8
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Really, Macfixit calls it that 6.4 is only affected.

Have to go check this one out.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 08:48 PM   #9
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There are also posts on Apple's discussions that note this as well.
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Old December 16th, 2003, 10:48 PM   #10
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I am not in no way trying to start an conflict here yet at the Apple forum that was posted at top there was no mention of 6.3 failing. Also on Macfixit.com this was posted:

Troubleshooting QuickTime 6.4: MPEG-2 component expires leaving users without functionality
MacFixIt readers are reporting, and we have confirmed in-house, that an MPEG-2 component in QuickTime 6.4 expired on December 14th, leaving users without the ability to playback MPEG-2 files.

So far, the only identified workaround is to set the date back to December 14th, a procedure that compromises scheduling tools and other applications. Also, based on all the information we have received, it makes no difference which Mac or which version of Mac OS X is being used. The problem also has nothing to do with when the MPEG-2 component was purchased.

There are two ways to obtain the MPEG-2 playback component of QuickTime - purchase it standalone and download the package from Apple's Web site or receive it alongside Final Cut Pro 4 or DVD Studio Pro 2.

Apple has a Knowledge Base document explaining how to download an updated version of the MPEG-2 component with either ownership scenario, but there is no indication that the currently available version fixes the expiration bug.

UPDATE Several readers have noted that QuickTime 6.3, released in June, will still play MPEG-2 files with the date set accurately.
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Old December 18th, 2003, 01:15 AM   #11
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I did a check and Panther 10.3.2 is out now. Maybe a problem in Panther, not just QuickTime?

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