Adding .avi files to itunes?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by hatemail13, Aug 22, 2008.

  1. hatemail13 macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2008
    I have a .avi file on my desktop (macbook pro)

    can I add it to my itunes library (under movies) so as to play this file?
  2. almostinsane macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    No. An AVI file is just a container for data. You can stick in mpeg1, 2, or 4 video and have it play. You will need to convert the file to a format iTunes can understand.
  3. fstfrwrd macrumors regular

    Jun 6, 2008
    Not necessarily.
    I even have .wmv's in my iTunes ...

    Here's how:
    Open the AVI file with Quicktime. Then select 'Save as ...' and choose the second option (references). This will create an additional small MOV file.
    Add this MOV file to iTunes and that's it. You can now play your AVI file in iTunes without converting, albeit because of some small workaround.

    Mind you, when you sync it to your iPod and/or iPhone, the actual movie won't be on there, just the reference.

    So if you want to view it on your iPod/iPhone, you have to convert.
    If you just want to watch the movie in iTunes, this is the way to go.
  4. hatemail13 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 14, 2008
    thanks a lot everyone...ya wasnt sure if .avi files worked...they wouldnt even import to imovie.

    but thanks again

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