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wrinkster22
Nov 20, 2011, 04:55 PM
First off I am not sure if this is the right thread but it is the best I think for my question.
Okay,
So basically I have a macbook air and a windows server and two windows PC's. When i try to access the PC's from finder it is great- I can browse my photos, music, etc.
But today i decided to test our 6tb server. When I try to play a tv show I get this message: "QuickTime Player can't open "The.Big.Bang.Theory.S01E08.The.Grasshopper.Experiment.avi" because a required codec isn't available."
So these files end in .avi so I decided to download this: http://www.divx.com/en/software/mac
This did nothing.
So basically what can I do to run my .avi files on my mac?
Also how would I copy some of my favourites to iTunes?
thanks :)



chrono1081
Nov 20, 2011, 04:59 PM
VLC will play them, you can download it here:

http://www.videolan.org/

And for .avi files you want to put in to iTunes, you *may* be able to just drag them in there but I think you will need to convert them first using something like Handbrake which you can get here:

http://handbrake.fr/

simsaladimbamba
Nov 20, 2011, 05:00 PM
To play .avi files in QT Player, you need Perian (http://www.perian.org), but that won't help in iTunes, as you need a .mov or .mp4 file using the H.264 codec for that. You can use HandBrake (http://handbrake.fr/) to transcode the .avi files to that format, or learn to use another software to play .avi files.
I use Movist for that, but I don't need an iTunes like interface.

Maybe have a look at Advanced Search to find similar threads:
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_screenshots/MR_screenshots_2011_11/2011_11_02_pB1_MR_advSearch_small.png (http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_screenshots/MR_screenshots_2011_11/2011_11_02_pB2_MR_advSearch.png)

wrinkster22
Nov 20, 2011, 05:07 PM
yeah :) now i can watch it... now i just tap with 2 fingers and select 'play with vlc media player'. I already have handbrake so I will try that :) I require iTunes btw to sync them to my iPod

wrinkster22
Nov 20, 2011, 05:18 PM
Okay,
so I hand braked it into a .m4v and I can not drag it into iTunes... How could I drag it into iTunes?

simsaladimbamba
Nov 20, 2011, 05:38 PM
Okay,
so I hand braked it into a .m4v and I can not drag it into iTunes... How could I drag it into iTunes?

What preset did you use?

Maybe try the iPod or iPhone & iPod touch preset?
http://dl.dropbox.com/u/10644330/MR_Image_Hotlinks/MR_screenshots/MR_screenshots_10_2011/HandBrake_iPad-preset.png

chrono1081
Nov 21, 2011, 12:10 PM
I am no expert in formats but I rip my stuff to the Apple TV 2 preset and they drag right in.

obsidian1200
Nov 21, 2011, 12:28 PM
I am no expert in formats but I rip my stuff to the Apple TV 2 preset and they drag right in.

Aside from files that use the .mkv extension or the VP3 video codec, the OP should be able to drag any files produced by handbrake into iTunes. It'll even take the android optimized presets.

@OP, have you tried going to File>Add to Library... to add the file? Sometimes the drag and drop method can be a bit finicky with iTunes.

wrinkster22
Dec 12, 2011, 01:57 PM
thanks everyone. It is working now..

TjeuV
Dec 15, 2011, 03:28 PM
I've seen you got the trick to put them in your iTunes library but if you just want to play avi's in Quicktime, download Flip4Mac WMV

that or Perian. Can't recall which one of the two it was.

simsaladimbamba
Dec 15, 2011, 04:15 PM
I've seen you got the trick to put them in your iTunes library but if you just want to play avi's in Quicktime, download Flip4Mac WMV

that or Perian. Can't recall which one of the two it was.

Perian (http://www.perian.org) has already been mentioned and linked to three weeks ago.

Flip4Mac is for playing .wmv (Windows Media Video) files in QT Player.

TjeuV
Dec 15, 2011, 04:17 PM
Perian (http://www.perian.org) has already been mentioned and linked to three weeks ago.

Flip4Mac is for playing .wmv (Windows Media Video) files in QT Player.

Oh was it, sorry. Didn't notice it

sally456
Dec 23, 2011, 02:52 AM
FYI, this guide on how to use handbrake convert videos for iTunes, iPod, iPad, iPhone might do some help:
http://methodshop.com/gadgets/tutorials/handbrake/index.shtml

wrinkster22
Dec 24, 2011, 11:53 AM
Thanks everyone.. Just a little update.
I have ripped several shows of our server and put them on my new external HD (WD, My Passport 500gb)
I am having a little trouble though ripping dvd's on our pc useing handbrake could anyone help me with this?

simsaladimbamba
Dec 24, 2011, 07:44 PM
Thanks everyone.. Just a little update.
I have ripped several shows of our server and put them on my new external HD (WD, My Passport 500gb)
I am having a little trouble though ripping dvd's on our pc useing handbrake could anyone help me with this?

Maybe use an actual ripper before you use HandBrake (which doesn't really "rip" the video, it just transcodes the video and uses a VLC component to circumvent the copy protection scheme) like DVD Decrypter, though it might not work on modern Windows versions.

wrinkster22
Dec 24, 2011, 08:03 PM
Maybe use an actual ripper before you use HandBrake (which doesn't really "rip" the video, it just transcodes the video and uses a VLC component to circumvent the copy protection scheme) like DVD Decrypter, though it might not work on modern Windows versions.

Thanks... This is what I did...
Download RipIt (you get 10 free rips)
put the disk in external Superdrive
Drag file into external hard drive.

Thank you everyone!

Ccrew
Dec 25, 2011, 05:25 AM
Ripit is a great product. Worth the $