Problem with opening a .avi file

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  1. littlekenneth macrumors member

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    I tried to use realplayer and Quicktime to open the AVI file, but i can't. I wondered if i should use something else to open it? if i need to, can you give me a pointer? Thanks for your time.
     
  2. BigMacXtraSauce macrumors newbie

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  3. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    Most likely, the AVI file in question uses DiVX or XViD codec. You can download it free from divx.com (if you have Intel Mac, go to labs.divx.com and download beta).
     
  4. keithbennis macrumors regular

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    and the codecs mentioned above
     
  5. littlekenneth thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks a lot for your help... i will give it a try tonight. many thanks
     
  6. fludie macrumors newbie

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    you should either encode it with ffmpegx or use vlc
    vlc opens all mac videos
     
  7. Aramis macrumors member

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    When you say "free", do you mean free for the trial version? I do not see a full set of codecs for free on the labs.divx.com or dvx.com sites.
     
  8. ~Shard~ macrumors P6

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    Yep, VLC is the best, but MPlayer will do a good job as well. And if you have any of those nasty WMV files, just use Flip4Mac - it's completely free now. :cool:
     
  9. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    you can also use Divx Doctor to easily convert .avi files to .mov files, allowing them to be played in Quicktime.

    I prefer quicktime to VLC, vlc tends to shut down randomly (and isn't made by apple!)
     
  10. nutmac macrumors 68030

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    The bundle comes with free codec and trial version of converter, etc. Just drag the resulting Applications/DiVX folder into trash if you are interested in the codec for QuickTime only.
     
  11. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I've stopped recommending DivX and 3ivX since they can give Microsoft Office grief if Flip4Mac is also installed. :(
     

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