avi's won't play

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mikey1, Mar 7, 2007.

  1. mikey1 macrumors newbie

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    I have several avi's that will not play on my iMac G5. No player seems to work (wmv, vlc). Is this a common problem with macs? Is there a program that will convert the avi's into a playable format? I'm new here and if this is not the right forum for this question, please advise. Thanks.
     
  2. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Do you happen to know what codec was used to encode the file? Do you know if the file is corrupt? Have you tried Perian?
     
  3. mikey1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    avi's won't play

    I'm running 10.3, perian says I need 10.4.
     
  4. epochblue macrumors 68000

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    Bummer. Tried mPlayer or NicePlayer?

    I'm surprised VLC won't play it, as it usually plays everything. Is this a file you could play on a Windows machine that won't play here? Do you know what encoder was used to create the file?
     
  5. SuperCompu2 macrumors 6502a

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    Download the DivX codec, this will allow Quicktime and other players to play AVI format movies.



    http://www.divx.com/divx/mac/

    (also, be sure to restart after installing, or else it will give your format errors when trying to play)
     
  6. mikey1 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Never tried NicePlayer, and have tried many times to igure out mPlayer but I guess I'm not computer savvy enough. And, yes, these avi's will play on a windows machine.
     
  7. Counterfit macrumors G3

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    What error does VLC give you when you try to play the file? VLC can't play WMV10 files, or anything with DRM (except DVDs).
     
  8. deputy_doofy macrumors 65816

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    Strangely, when VLC won't play my avi's, sometimes QT will. Not saying that it's 100% of the time, but I think there are some weirdly-created avi's.
     

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