Mac IV50

Is there a Mac IV50 codec out there? I can’t seem to find one. reply

04-13-2005 09:53 PM

Ligos has no plans to port the Indeo 5 to the Mac OS X platform. (see
The Apple site describes a workaround though:
You have to reboot into Mac OS 9 (is this available to all Mac OS X users, or only to those who upgraded from 9 to X?) then possibly download the codec from that page. reply

04-13-2005 10:22 PM
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Another thought that hit my mind was you could try mplayer for mac os x. I believe mplayer was originally developed on linux and is like xanim in that it can use windows dll’s to decode videos in a specific codec. reply

04-15-2005 05:04 AM
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Thanks a lot, I already tried the mplayer, it didn’t work. But I downloaded the Indeo codec and it worked on Quicktime in OS9.

Cheers! reply

04-15-2005 04:39 PM

Hold on. What if you don’t have Mac OS 9 on your Mac? Is there no other solution? I have MPlayer, it didn’t work. reply

08-19-2006 02:49 AM

No, it won’t work.
You’ll need to have “Classic” (Mac OS 9) installed.
If you have an Intel Mac - use BootCamp and boot into Win XP, these files play nicely in Windows Media Player.
The “Classic” environment doesn’t work with Intel Macs. reply

08-24-2006 07:48 PM

Not a Mac-only solution: But I managed to convert all of my older .avi (IV50) footage to MP4 using Need4 Video Converter for Windows ( It costs a few bucks - but it enabled my video in the ancient IV50 format to be converted to the more future-proof MPEG4 format. The MPEG4 files are easily displayed in Quicktime on both Mac and PC.

/Thomas. reply

07-03-2009 02:23 AM


I have vista on my parallels. will it still work? I have really old videos of a beloved family member and want to make sure i don’t lose those memories!! reply

01-25-2010 09:20 PM

I found a free AVI to MP4 video converter on cnet downloads called AnyVideo Converter and am currently testing it out with my old PC based IV50 avis. It looks like it’s going to work out. reply

02-27-2010 12:59 PM
Steve H.

The Anyvideo converter worked great: converting an IV50 Indeo avi to mp4. The file size is about 25% of the original (and of course the enlarge quality suffers), but it plays a views perfectly on a Macbook Pro OSX within Quicktime.

The conversion is slow, but if you are converting a bunch of avi files, just throw them on the list and let the program do its work. Just to be safe try one file first and then view. If successful put the rest on the list and let it run. reply

02-27-2010 02:42 PM
Steve H.

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