The Quest for WMV and AVI on Mac.

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Reno404, Oct 12, 2006.

  1. Reno404 macrumors member

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    Hey guys!

    I've been out of the mac-world for 3 weeks now (my MB was sent back to be replaced ) and even though i made a clone of my previous MB, it now seems that I can't play some videos that i was able to play on my previous MB. I installed Flip4Mac then. I did it again now, but it won't work.

    Anything I should do/download to be able to view as many video files as possible on an Intel MacBook (pleonasm I know)?

    Thanks for your help!
     
  2. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Well, most WMVs will play in Flip4Mac so I'd go about repairing that installation by deleting the preference pane, the application and every other file associated with Flip4Mac (just do a spotlight search for "Flip4Mac") and then re-install it.

    As for nearly any other format you can think of, VLC media player is indispensable and circumvents the region coding on your DVD player when you use it to play DVD.
     
  3. Reno404 thread starter macrumors member

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    I just did. I erased it all, emptied the trash bin, then installed Flip4Mac 2.1, opened quicktime by clicking on the Flip4Mac icon, and I still can't view files I used to be able to view before. I get sound, but only a white screen.

    Anyone knows how to fix this??
     
  4. Reno404 thread starter macrumors member

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    Never mind me, I software-update Quicktime and OS X alltogether and now it works fine. My bad.

    But have a great day, all you who read this! :)
     
  5. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    Try Perian. It allows you to play AVIs encoded in Divx and Xvid, as well as many other formats inside QT Player.
     
  6. kgarchar macrumors 6502

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  7. Josias macrumors 68000

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    I believe Quicktime is way better.

    1. Better GUI.
    2. Live video in the dock (awesome feature).
    3. Doesn't crash. VLC crashes every 2 weeks.
    4. Fullscreen - get the Quicktime Fullscreen widget.
    5. Get Perian and Flip4Mac, and you will be able to play more formats than in VLC.
    6. Quicktime guide.
    7. Made by Apple.
    8. Etc...:D
     
  8. aquanutz macrumors regular

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    Three things you'll need to play any file:

    VLC (best video player)
    Perian (codecs for quicktime)
    Flip4Mac (WMV codec for quicktime)
     
  9. Josias macrumors 68000

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    Why would you get VLC? How is it the best?:confused: :p
     
  10. Sdashiki macrumors 68040

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    because VLC will play almost anything, even when you KNOW you have the right codec and QT refuses to play it, or only gives you sound, or only video etc etc.

    VLC has absolutley NOTHING on QT in terms of what it can DO, but VLC kicks QT's ass in terms of what it can PLAY.
     
  11. mouthster macrumors regular

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    VLC seems to be lighter on the resources.
     
  12. spicyapple macrumors 68000

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    VLC has playlists and fullscreen without having to shell out $25 or fishing for a script in QT.

    VLC is a bit fussy and user-unfriendly with its preferences but otherwise a worthy addition in the Dock next to Quicktime Player.
     

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