If you’re working in video, reviewing files can be a bit of a hassle on the Mac. QuickTime Player is fine for just watching videos, but since its metamorphosis from version 7 to X, the handier features for video pros were either lost or crippled in some way. Of course, you could always launch your favorite editing application, but even a light editor like iMovie takes a while to load. So you’re stuck between an overly simplified app and an overly complex one.
While many consider Windows Media a relic from the Stone Age of computing, there's still plenty of content out there and few ways to play it on the Mac. That's why it's good to hear that the official Windows Media player on the Mac has now been updated with support for OS X Mountain Lion.
The death of Perian is bittersweet for Mac users. On one hand, the open-source Swiss Army knife of video codecs will be missed by millions of video junkies who relied on its seamless integration with QuickTime to play media files that were otherwise ignored. On the other, its demise seems to be due to a lack of necessity; as the iPad and iPhone have grown in popularity, so have their video formats--namely MPEG4 and H.264--pushing lesser-known codecs to the background.