MPG Player: How to Play MPG on Mac

by Brian Fisher • • Proven solutions

Countless users of Mac and other Apple products regularly face problems while trying to play non compatible file formats such MPG. The problem occurs when trying to play MPG format files on Mac because of different types of codec issues and the fact that there is no description available for MPG format files on Mac. It is because of this reason that many players upgrade their Macs to El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Mountain Lion or Lion from Snow Leopard. However if you do not wish to upgrade your Mac you can always use video converter that is compatible with all Mac OS and can be used to convert various types of file formats.

Solution 1. Play MPG After Converting to Mac Compatible Format

One of the best ways to play MPG format files and other file formats on Mac is to use the UniConverter. With this video converter you will be able to play a wide variety of formats files on Mac seamlessly without having to download any additional component for additional media player. The biggest advantage of using the UniConverter for Mac is that the video converter is compatible with macOS 10.15 Catalina, 10.14 Mojave, High Sierra, Sierra, El Capitan, Yosemite, Mavericks, Snow Leopard, Mountain Lion and Lion. Moreover the files which have been converted using the video converter can be transferred to other Apple products such as iPod and iPad for playback.

As UniConverter for Mac supports to convert MPG files to 150+ formats, you can easily play MPG videos on any device as you want. In addition to this, you can also edit your MPG files before converting them. If necessary, you are able to burn MPG videos to DVD with iSkysoft.

How to Convert MPG to Mac Supported Format with UniConverter

Before converting MPG video to Mac compatible format for playback, you should know that UniConverter enables you to freely play any video on Mac with its built-in video player. And if you want to convert MPG files for playing on different platforms, please keep reading the following tutorial.

Step 1. Load MPG Files

After working UniConverter program, please import your MPG videos with drag and drop method. By the way, you can achieve that by going to "Add Files" as well.

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Step 2. Set Output Format

As you know that Mac computer supports to play MOV videos with QuickTime. Now you should select "MOV" as the output format, so as to play your MPG videos on Mac.

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Step 3. Ready to Convert

After setting the output format, you can click the "Convert" button to start conversion from MPG to Mac compatible format with ease.

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Solution 2. Use Perian Plugin to Play MPG with QuickTime

In addition to the video converter you can also use a free QuickTime component such as Perian. Perian is one of the most popularly used free QucikTime components to provide native support to a wide variety of file formats such as MPG. However the biggest limitation of using Perian is that it can be only used on Mac OS Snow Leopard. Moreover the latest version of Perian, 1.2.3 requires installation of QuickTime 7 which is not available for other Mac OS apart from Snow Leopard such as Mountain Lion.

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Solution 3. Free MPG Player for Mac - VLC

Apart from using the video converter and Perian you can also use a universal media player such as VLC player to play various types of file formats such as MPG on Mac. The VLC player works seamlessly on Mac and can be used to convert MPG format files into a format of your choice. However for seamless functioning you must ensure that you download Front Row which will allow you to import the MPG files into the VLC player for conversion. But you will not be able to transfer the converted files into other Apple products for playback.

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